Month: May 2004

Building Strong Local Living Economies (1)

Building Strong Local Living Economies By Judy Wicks [Editor’s Note: Judy Wicks, owner of Philadelphia’s popular White Dog Cafe and founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), spoke at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton, Massachusetts, May 13, 2004. This is close to a verbatim transcript—notations within square brackets are my additions—of her remarks, which covered a wide range of sustainability topics. I’ve added subheads, but decided to maintain Wicks’ free flowing discussion, rather than reorganize it into a more linear form; the flow is vey much in keeping with her message. Please read on to see how one business owner has not only built her success on a broadly defined, interconnected web of sustainable ideas, but has reached out to her own community and beyond to try to change the way business is done in our society. —Shel Horowitz, editor of Down to Business magazine and author of Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First] Building a movement of local living economies. We envision a global economy that’s comprised of susatainable local economies.. All local living economies are comprised of living enterprises. I have a sign that says ‘good morning,,beautiful business.’ When I see that sign, I think about the farmers around Philadelphia that are growing the vegetables, the goat herder—when she kisses her goats’ ears, it makes the cheese better. When I have my coffee, I...

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Building Strong Local Living Economies

Building Strong Local Living Economies By Judy Wicks [Editor’s Note: Judy Wicks, owner of Philadelphia’s popular White Dog Cafe and founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), spoke at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton, Massachusetts, May 13, 2004. This is close to a verbatim transcript—notations within square brackets are my additions—of her remarks, which covered a wide range of sustainability topics. I’ve added subheads, but decided to maintain Wicks’ free flowing discussion, rather than reorganize it into a more linear form; the flow is vey much in keeping with her message. Please read on to see how one business owner has not only built her success on a broadly defined, interconnected web of sustainable ideas, but has reached out to her own community and beyond to try to change the way business is done in our society. —Shel Horowitz, editor of Down to Business magazine and author of Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First] Building a movement of local living economies. We envision a global economy that’s comprised of susatainable local economies.. All local living economies are comprised of living enterprises. I have a sign that says ‘good morning,,beautiful business.’ When I see that sign, I think about the farmers around Philadelphia that are growing the vegetables, the goat herder—when she kisses her goats’ ears, it makes the cheese better. When I have my coffee, I...

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