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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Slow Money

A new movement based on money

Slow Money is a movement to organize investors and donors to steer new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems. Slow Money takes its name from the Slow Food movement. Slow Money aims to develop the relationship between capital markets and place, including social capital and soil fertility. Slow Money is supporting the grass-roots mobilization through network building, convening, publishing, and incubating intermediary strategies and structures of funding.

Formation 2008
Founder Woody Tasch

Slow Money was started by Woody Tasch, former chairman of Investors’ Circle — a nonprofit network of over 200 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations, family offices and others.The idea to initiate the Slow Money movement came to Woody Tasch while he was writing his book Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money– Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. The non-profit, Slow Money, was founded in November, 2008, following the publication of Mr. Tasch’s book. The movement gained significant momentum from a number of local and regional meetings, and press coverage during the first half of 2009 leading to an Inaugural National Gathering.

"Once in a while, a book comes along that has the potential to change things. This is one such book. It is going to unleash a major movement in this country." - Steve Costa, Point Reyes Books

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