(I've been cautiously optimistic about this movement - this year-end note from the founder seems promising.
-- Dave - WebMinion)
3,000 of you have signed the Slow Money Principles. More than 150 Founding Members joined the Slow Money Alliance, contributing $1,000 or more each, and bringing together a very strong group of leaders in philanthropy, social investing, sustainable agriculture and organic food. More than 750 individuals overall joined the Alliance for $25 or more. Our inaugural national gathering in September in Santa Fe attracted 450 folks from 34 states and 6 countries.
Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered was circulated among many Boards and families, was recently published in Italian, and is coming out in Japanese in early 2010. We received significant national media attention, from the Wall Street Journal to the Huffington Post.
Please take a few minutes to read the Slow Money Overview. We also hope you will enjoy November's ACRES USA interview, which calls us the "Slow Money Revolution." And, if you want a look under the hood at our activities, there's our Progress Report, too.
You will be hearing from us more frequently in 2010, as we launch our new campaign to get a million signatures for the Principles, on our way to 100,000 members in the Alliance -- a new, grassroots force for fixing our economy, from the ground up. . .starting with food.
Wishing you the best for the holidays and the New Year, and, again, THANKS!
Woody TaschChairman and President
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Slow Money is a new nonprofit organizing an international movement to bring money back down to earth.
Founded by Woody Tasch, a pioneer in merging investing and philanthropy, Slow Money's mission is to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to:
- investing in small food enterprises and local food systems;
- connecting investors to their local economies; and,
- building the nurture capital industry.
Soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, care of the commons, cultural, ecological and economic health and diversity, nonviolence -- these are the fundamentals of nurture capital, a new financial sector supporting the emergence of a restorative economy. And these are the fundamentals of the Slow Money Principles.
Slow Money is launching a national campaign to obtain one million signatories to the Slow Money Principles. For those who wish to do more than be a signatory, membership in the Slow Money Alliance provides a more active form of participation. Slow Money has attracted more than 100 Founding Members including many recognized leaders in organic food, sustainable agriculture, philanthropy and social investing.