Slow Money is asking Americans to rethink their investments – distant investments in abstract schemes or local investments that will benefit our communities. Boulder, Colorado (April 29-30, 2013)
An increasing number of social ventures these days are turning to Kickstarter to raise funds. Kickstarter is the world’s largest and most popular crowdfunding platform for creative projects – over 1 million people have backed Kickstarter projects, pledging over $100 million in it’s 2.5 year history.
At the Slow Money gathering the 30 food entrepreneurs who pitched are playing a crucial role in their communities and collectively making a big impact in getting America to eat right, there are three that I’ll like to highlight here simply because of their potential to go big and have a nation wide impact.
The Robin Hood Tax is a proposed tax on banks and financial institutions, that would raise hundreds of billions every year, to address problems of poverty and climate change worldwide. The idea Remember Robin Hood? He took from the rich and gave to the poor. And looked a bit like Russel Crowe. The Robin Hood tax does exactly that, except in this case, the ‘rich’ are banking and financial institutions. And the ‘poor’ are the public services, poverty and climate change issues worldwide. The current financial crisis and recession have left a massive hole in the public finances of several EU countries, as well as the US. Jobs and public services are at risk in developed countries, while many developing countries also face severe problems, the biggest being poverty and climate change. The Robin Hood tax attempts to clear up the mess the way Robin Hood would! Hundreds of Thousands of Robin Hood supporters worldwide believe that banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up …
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