2010 National Gathering

ISM*
(*Inspired by Slow Money
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Our Second National Gathering

Shelburne Farms, Vermont

June 9-11, 2010

Slow Money… It’s not an ISM (as in capitalism, socialism, consumerism, market fundamentalism…). But it is a new way of connecting investors to local food systems, catalyzing new forms of social investing and philanthropy for the 21st century. Join the emerging network of investors, donors, entrepreneurs, farmers, and activists who are giving birth to the nurture capital industry.

 Shelburne Farms is a working farm and forest and National Historic Landmark in a setting uniquely imbued with the history of capitalism, and it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to forging a new future through sustainability education, creating social enterprises and strengthening local food systems. In 2010, we invited our National Gathering participants to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain and meet thought leaders and change agents who are joined in this exciting project: designing capital markets that go beyond extraction and consumption all the way to preservation and restoration… starting with food and soil fertility.

The event began with eTown, a nationally syndicated radio show on NPR recording at the Flynn Theatre on Wednesday, June 9th. The Vermont gathering was catered by Sugarsnap, a local organic catering company, and included a final farmstead dinner on Friday catered by the New England Culinary Institute, with the musical accompaniment of Phineas Gage.The detailed program is archived here.

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Speakers at the 2010 National Gathering

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Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America
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Eliot Coleman, Founder, Four Season Farm and Author of The New Organic Grower
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Joel Salatin, Owner, Polyface Farm
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Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org and Author of Deep Economy
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Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield Farm
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Will Raap, Founder, Gardener’s Supply
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Erika Allen, Chicago Project Manager, Growing Power
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Robert Zevin, President, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates
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Tom Stearns, Founder, High Mowing Seeds
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Michelle Long, Executive Director, BALLE
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Chris Martenson, Founder, The Crash Course
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Woody Tasch, Founder, Slow Money

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"For an event focused on the ground, the Slow Money Gathering was surprisingly uplifting. Slow Money could kick sustainable agriculture to the next level...which for the sake of the soil and earth can't happen fast enough." - Mardi Mellon, Director of Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

“Slow Money shines a light into the soul of the economy and the soul of the investor, and what it illuminates has the potential to lead us back to healthy soil and healthy culture.” - Martin Ping, Executive Director, Hawthorne Valley Association

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"I've been involved with a lot of movements over the last 40 years and this one has a real chance to make a difference. I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of it." - Michael Kanter, Owner, Cambridge Naturals, Cambridge, MA

 


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