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Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money

Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered
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Chelsea Green
March, 2010
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This remarkable book (“a real-time peek under the hood at a process of fiduciary activism, serving as a provocation, a catalyst, an invitation”) presents the path for bringing money back down to earth—philosophically, strategically and pragmatically, and with an entrepreneurial spirit informed by decades of work by the thousands of CEOs, investors, grant-makers, food producers and consumers who are seeding the restorative economy.

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money  looks above the top line and below the bottom line with a new way of seeing what is going on in the soil of the economy. This is the path toward a financial system that serves people and places as much as it serves industry sectors and markets.  To discover this path, and to begin to walk down it, is the mission of Slow Money. This mission emerges from decades of work as a venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur by Woody Tasch, whose explorations shed new light on a truer, more beautiful, more prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility, a new responsibility not stuck in the industrial concepts of the 19th and 20th centuries, but which reflects the new economic, social and environmental realities of the 21st century.

 One of the principal measures of our success will be the extent to which we have catalyzed substantial new capital flows to enterprises that create economic opportunity while respecting, protecting, and promoting the fertility of the soil.

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money investigates an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems, and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after industrial finance and industrial agriculture. Theirs is a vision for investing that puts soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations.

Could there ever be an alternative stock exchange dedicated to slow, small, and local?

Could a million North American families get their food from CSAs?

What if you had to invest 50 percent of your assets within 50 miles of where you live?

Such questions—at the heart of Slow Money—are the first step on our path to a new economy and a new culture.
Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money is a call to action for designing capital markets built around not extraction and consumption but preservation and restoration. Real wealth. “In Soil We Trust.”

Is it a movement or is it an investment strategy?  Yes.

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