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Slow Money Inaugural National Gathering: From the Ground Up

“Founded by Woody Tasch, a pioneer in merging investing and philanthropy, Slow Money is dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, while promoting new principles of responsible investing that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy” (from Woody Tasch expanded and explained the Slow Money philosophy in his latest book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.

To combat the de-localization of money that caused the stock market collapse of 2008, and to try to get communities to reconnect with their food, their soil, their farmers, and their local sustainable businesses, Slow Money puts “nurture capital” (“seed money,” if you will) into business ventures that may not have the fastest or highest rates of return, but which contribute to the stability of a new ethical economy.

The Slow Money Alliance is holding their first annual national gathering in Santa Fe next Thursday and Friday, September 10–11.

Santa Fe Railyard
September 10–11, 2009

Slow Money.  It’s a new economic vision.  It’s an emerging network of investors, donors, farmers, and activists committed to building local food economies.  It’s about the soil of the economy.  It’s the beginning of the “nurture capital” industry.
Come to Sante Fe.  Meet thought leaders and change agents from around the country.  Let’s build new capital markets that support preservation and restoration. Let’s fix America’s economy… from the ground up.

You can find all the relevant details here.

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Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More
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