We believe that a world based in domination and exploitation is often due to humanity’s many forms of disconnection—from self, one another, and place. By promoting healthy and sustainable local living economies based on mutual trust and interconnectedness, we seek to create communities that provide secure and fulfilling livelihoods for all people, that work in harmony with natural systems, and that support biological and cultural diversity.
Our Strategic Approach
On a national level, NoVo works to promote and support a strong local-first movement by partnering with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). The BALLE network seeks to catalyze a vision and practice of Local Living Economies (LLE)—connecting consumers with farmers, local investors with local entrepreneurs, and business owners with their employees, neighbors, and eco-systems.
Closer to home, NoVo funds the strategic work of the Local Economies Project (LEP) of the New World Foundation. The LEP’s primary objective is to identify and provide the necessary resources to develop a replicable model for local economic and community development, focusing on regional farmers and agriculture in the Hudson Valley of New York state, and encouraging ongoing efforts to create a truly sustainable regional food system.
NEWS AND UPDATES
A recent New York Times special report described the squandered opportunities of economic development in local communities across America as…
“After decades of increasingly harmful, single-bottom-line decisions made in boardrooms thousands of miles away from the people impacted, BALLE aims to bring economic responsibility—and power—back home. It seeks to reconnect eaters with farmers, investors with the entrepreneurs in whom they’re investing, and business owners with their employees, neighbors
Michelle Long, Executive Director
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies