Edible Radio host and publisher of Edible Santa Fe, Kate Manchester, talks to Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money.
Woody Tasch knows a thing or two about investing – yet when he started talking about the concept of Slow Money, there were a few people out there scratching their heads and looking askance when he first floated the idea. Now – Slow Money is celebrating its 3rd gathering in San Francisco on October 12- 14, there are 11 chapters across the US with, $4 million dollars flowed into the movement at the 2010 gathering, and $5 million has flowed to dozens of enterprises across the country.“In the 21st century, investing is not only about market sectors and asset allocation,” states Slow Money Founder and former venture capitalist Woody Tasch, “In a world that is speeding up and heating up, losing its soil and its sense of common purpose, investing is also about healing broken relationships. What makes more sense than taking a small amount of money and putting it to work where we live, in things that we understand, starting with food?" Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $145 million to 220 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990’s Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” His new book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" is published by Chelsea Green.
For more information on Slow Money visit: http://www.slowmoney.org/national-gathering/ .
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