Inspired by Woody Tasch's book 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 $35 million has been invested in over 300 small food enterprises around the United States since mid-2010. Nineteen local Slow Money chapters and 10 investment clubs have formed. Slow Money events have attracted thousands of people from 36 states and 9 countries. Over 34,000 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.
Spirit… The primary role of money is to serve the highest intentions of the human spirit.
Trust… People are best served by financial transactions that are direct, transparent, and personal, based on long-term relationships.
Interdependence… Economic success will be defined by social and ecological impact, not by financial results alone.
Community… Networks and associations will be increasingly important in the circulation of money.
Innovation… A deeply entrepreneurial culture is required to generate breakthrough ideas at the intersection of social change and finance.
Equality… All those seeking to align their values with their money will have access to opportunities for investing, lending, and giving.