What is a Slow Money Investment?
Jun 1, 2010 2:00 PM ET
How do we determine whether an investment contributes to a sustainable food system in which food, farming, and fertility matter?Slow Money Northern California Region has asked “What is a Slow Money Investment?” So some among us have been grappling with developing “Slow Money Return on Investment 1.0.” Interested in learning what we’ve been doing? Join us at Slow Money National Gathering on June 9-11that our Luncheon Topic Tables to carry on this conversation. Register Now... About Slow Money Slow Money is a new nonprofit organizing an international movement to bring money back down to earth. Founded by Woody Tasch, a pioneer in merging investing and philanthropy, Slow Money's mission is to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to:
investing in small food enterprises and local food systems;
connecting investors to their local economies; and,
building the nurture capital industry."Together, we are building a strong, new voice for the wisdom of bringing our money home to build sustainable communities." Judy Wicks
What each us chooses to eat or feed others may be the most powerful personal action we can exercise each day. Vital Systems focuses on integrating both triple top and triple bottom lines so we can create holistic economies based on healthy food systems through responsible investing, business practices, and an engaged citizenry.
The concept of Triple Top Line positively frames an educated and involved citizenry engaged in dignified work by integrating internal management practices and external community engagement. This supports employees and community members who are, in turn, supported by investors intent on driving a regenerative economy. Triple bottom line refers to the rigor of life cycle assessment in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. The combination of these perceptions creates a powerful, iterative system that produces sustainable food systems and communities and regenerates economies from the top down and bottom up.
Since January 2010, Vital Systems has facilitated Slow Money Northern California Region to bring our money “back down to earth” so that everyone has access to good food, health, and food security.