Slow Money reimagines investment, economy and local community

blow money brochureThis November, the Invest Local project went on the road to learn from local investment projects all over the country at the Slow Money convergence in Louisville Kentucky.   Rather than a text-heavy report, we’re sharing the highlights — photos, quotes, and videos from some of the best moments of the week.

Interested in learning more?   Chris Cain, Courtney Cranor, and Meghan Williamson were all on the road together — and we’d love to talk with you more about the event. Please feel free to reach out to any of us individually at the links above.

Author and farmer Wendell Berry joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Mayor Greg Fischer, and the founder of Slow Money Woody Tasch in a town hall meeting to kickoff the weekend.

Author and farmer Wendell Berry joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Mayor Greg Fischer, and the founder of Slow Money Woody Tasch in a town hall meeting to kickoff the weekend.

 

One way of describing the task ahead of us is by saying that we need to enlarge the consciousness and conscience of the economy. Our economy needs to know — and care — what it is doing. This is revolutionary, of course, if you have a taste for revolution, but it is also a matter of common sense.    

                                                                                   — Wendell Berry, author

 

Christina Cain, Courtney Cranor, and Meghan Williamson on the steps of the Slow Money convergence. The organizers originally thought the event might attract more than a hundred individuals -- but it blossomed up to 600 participants.

Christina Cain, Courtney Cranor, and Meghan Williamson on the steps of the Slow Money convergence. The organizers originally thought the event might attract more than a hundred individuals — but it blossomed up to 600 participants.

 

What is the world your investments are creating?…

The existential challenge for our generation is to take responsibility for our agency in the world, as expressed in our investments.  Let’s divest from the suicide economy, and start investing in the economy we want to see.

                                                                                  — Marco Vangelisti, private investor

 

The Slow Money principles were the foundation for many discussions throughout the weekend.  What WOULD happen if investing 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we lived?

The Slow Money principles were the foundation for many discussions throughout the weekend. What WOULD happen if investing 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we lived?

 

We are all investors. If you eat, you are an investor. If you have money in a bank or an IRA, you are an investor. If you are willing to invest yourself, to roll your sleeves up and engage with your neighbors and fellow community members, you are an investor. 

Not an investor in the Wall Street sense, although all are welcome…An investor of the nth kind. An investor in nurture capital. An investor of the 21st century kind, making investment decisions that are looking to the future through the heart and mind awakened.

                                                                                 — Woody Tasch, Slow Money Founder

 

To see a bit of the conference itself, we’re sharing a video below of speakers Marco Vangalisti (a private investor with an inspiring story of moving his entire portfolio into local, sustainable and social enterprises), Severine von Tscharner (a powerhouse of a lady, farmer, activist, and organizer), and the always incredible Vandana Shiva.  Enjoy!

 

 

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