Flyover Economies

People have been asking me why I landed in Kansas, of all places, to join a political campaign, of all things, this year. Well, for starters: I grew up there. When the invitation came last winter, I leapt at it – not only to take communications in a new direction (personally), but to experience my…

Local currency supports local business in Western Mass

(For BALLE – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) It’s not every day you can ask an American, “how do you like your new currency?” In Berkshire County, Massachusetts, however, people have been asked that question for eight years. That’s how long local businesses around the rural and mountainous county have been using the BerkShare…

Lancaster delegation heads to BALLE 2014

(BALLE – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Eighteen members of government, business, philanthropy and economic development from one Pennsylvania town decided to attend BALLE 2014 together, and launch a Localism initiative set to scale back home. Written with ASSETS Lancaster. ASSETS, a microenterprise development organization in Lancaster, PA, is seeding and supporting businesses who aim to…