Vermont's Slow Money Alliance
The Slow Money Alliance is a creative way to save the environment as well as humanity.
Monday, May 24, 2010 - 09:14
We live an age of catch phrases, devised to drive home a point. For example, "slow food" is about basing our dietary decisions on where our food comes from. "Peak oil" is about how we should prepare for the end of oil as an abundant resource.
Woody Tasch adds the term "peak soil" to his important list to highlight his belief that industrial agriculture is a business with diminishing returns, both in terms of productivity and its depletion of the world's resources. The alternative that we need to create, Tasch says, is small, local agriculture. In order to support it we need to do more than buy what our farms produce. We need to save farms and farmland and find ways to support the agrarian lifestyle.
Tasch asks what the world would be like if we invested 50 percent of our assets within 50 miles of where we live. And he asks what if a new generation of companies gave away fifty percent of their profits? It's an approach he calls "slow money." Now there's a catch phrase.
Tasch is the author of the book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered" and he will soon be in Vermont to speak at the Vermont Fresh Network's annual forum which will take place June 9-11. Tasch is chairman emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors who support companies and ventures dedicated to sustainability. He is president of the NGO Slow Money. He has a background as a venture capital investor and entrepreneur.
Check out this short clip for more info on slow money.
If you would like to register for the Slow Money Alliance National Gathering or find out more, go here: SlowMoneyAlliance.org