If you haven’t heard of Slow Money or Slow Food before don’t be surprised, both are a relatively new movements that are gaining ground in America. These movements make a case for slowing down, with things that matter – money, food, soil and community. The Slow Food movement stands for seasonal, local and sustainably grown food, which maintains soil fertility and the many environmental and health benefits that flows from consuming slow food. Slow Money is the movement that’s bringing capital to invest in small food enterprises – local food producers who are employing sustainable agricultural practices near where we live.
Slow Money is asking Americans to rethink their investments – distant investments in abstract schemes or local investments that will benefit our communities over the long term by creating jobs, supporting local businesses and fostering the local food chain. The goal is to have 1 million Americans investing 1% in local food systems, within a decade.
In the 21st century, investing is not only about markets and sectors and asset allocation. In a world that is speeding up and heating up, losing its soil and losing its sense of common purpose, investing is also about reconnecting and healing broken relationships. What could make more sense than taking a small amount of our money, turning in a new direction, and putting it to work near where we live, in things that we understand, starting with food.” – says Slow Money Founder and former venture capitalist Woody Tasch.
Slow Money movement though young is spreading rapidly – over 24,000 people have signed the Slow Money Principles, a new vision of finance that promotes soil fertility, diversity, care of the commons and nonviolence . To date, Slow Money has invested over $24 million in more than 190 small food enterprises around the country and a few abroad.There are now 16 Slow Money chapters in the U.S. and one in France.
Next week in Boulder, Colorado (April 29-30) Slow Money holds its fourth national gathering; bringing together farmers, food entrepreneurs from around the country and a roster of conscious investors and star speakers from the world of finance, food and the environmental movement. The conference will be live streamed both the days, presenting a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the Slow Money movement and thoughts of dozens of leaders, activists, investors and food entrepreneurs on the future of food and money. To join the live broadcast, click here
To learn more, visit the slow money website. The founder of Slow Money, Woody Tasch has also authored a book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered.