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Slow Money: A New Direction For Our Economy

[ 0 ] Feb. 13, 2013 | SBO Editor

Thousands of Americans have begun affirming a new direction for the economy. It’s called Slow Money.

Inspired by the vision of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, published in 2009, the Slow Money Alliance is bringing people together around a new conversation about money that is too fast, about finance that is disconnected from people and place, about how we can begin fixing our economy from the ground up… starting with food.

Through Slow Money national gatherings, regional events and local activities, more than $20 million has been invested in 170 small food enterprises around the United States over the past two years. Seventeen local Slow Money chapters and six investment clubs have formed. Slow Money events have attracted thousands of people from 36 states and 9 countries. Almost 24,000 people have signed the Slow Money Principles. The first international Slow Money investment—a $20,000 loan to a solar dairy in Switzerland—has been made. Slow Money France is in the early stages of organizing, and inquiries about chapter formation have been received from Canada, Australia and Japan.

A national Slow Money Gathering is scheduled for April 29-30 in Boulder, CO. Visit slowmoney.org to learn more.

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