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WATCH: Author Woody Tasch Explains the Speed Limits of Modern Society

In this video from ChelseaGreenTV, Woody Tasch explains the epiphany that led to the creation of “slow money” and, consequently, Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.
I often credit E. F. Schumacher and Small Is Beautiful as, let’s say, being my kind of epiphany moment. As a young man reading that book in the ’70s was very important to me, because it is full of wisdom. Written by a Rhodes scholar industrial economist who worked at a very high level in the British Coal Board for many years, and then later in his life in a sense discovered Eastern philosophy and began realizing that there were other values that were at least as important, in fact more important, than economics. And he used the phrase “meta-economics,” which is a little bit of a cumbersome phrase, but that book is so full of wisdom and inspiration that it was hard for me to get past it, and when I read it, it occurred to me that basically that everything we ever needed to know was in this book, so why weren’t we doing it? And I would say I have been kind of stubbornly—you know, sometimes people say, “sometimes you find it, sometimes it finds you”? So I guess it found me. You know, that book just got in me and didn’t let me go, and I have been trying ever since to take pieces of that and translate it into action. And that’s been the hard part. But, you know, each step of the way I’ve tried different things and now that process has led me to “slow money,” which hopefully will allow me to integrate all of these pieces into a strategy that can have more impact.
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Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..