Join Judy Wicks, BALLE co-founder and founder of White Dog Cafe, and explore how communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce, and learn about some of the innovative businesses involved.
Judy is an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement. She is the founder and former owner of the White Dog Café, acclaimed for its socially and environmentally responsible business practices. She is also founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food — both incubated at the White Dog Café Foundation and supported by the restaurant's profits. In her retail career, Judy was founder and owner of Black Cat, which featured locally-made and fair-trade gifts for twenty years. In 1970, Judy co-founded the original Free People's Store, now well known as Urban Outfitters. Her work has earned numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Philadelphia and is continuing her work to build a new economy. As part of this, Judy mentors the next generation of entrepreneurs and consults for beautiful business.
Judy’s most recent book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer (published in 2013) is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world -- helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce and that make communities not just interesting and diverse and prosperous, but also resilient.
Building a Sustainable Economy lecture series brought to you by: Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Sustainable Bainbridge, and the Bainbridge Public Library.
Made possible with a grant from the Bainbridge Community Foundation.