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Utne Reader Asks: ‘What Is Slow Money?’

Jeff Severns Guntzel sat down with author Woody Tasch to talk about the concept of ‘Slow Money‘ in a web exclusive:
The Slow Food movement revolutionized the way many people think about food with its mantra: “good, clean, and fair.” Entrepreneur Woody Tasch wants to introduce the Slow Food ethos into the world of finance. In his book, Slow Money (Chelsea Green, 2009), Tasch writes: “Be forewarned: slow money is no ‘ism.’” He is organizing for change. What does that change look like? It’s right there on the homepage of his non-governmental organization, the Slow Money Alliance: “A million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems.” The Slow Money philosophy is gaining momentum, and was given some attention recently from the document of record for the fast money crowd: the Wall Street Journal. I spoke with Tasch about the effort and its genesis. Jeff Severns Guntzel: Do you find the argument easier to make now? Woody Tasch: Oh, absolutely. When you say the words “slow money.” It’s very intuitively obvious to the vast majority of people. I just say, “Before we start talking about slow money, just think about fast money for a second.” It’s obvious to a lot more people now than it was a year or two ago. There’s this idea of money that’s zooming around too fast to manage. Severns Guntzel: When you were writing this book, whose hands did you imagine ending up in? Tasch: It wasn’t like written for a specific audience. It was written for the investor part of all of us.
The full article can be found via Utne Reader.


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A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

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