Slow Money

"Every once in a while, an idea comes around that you immediately know is not only a good one, but in fact is an absolutely necessary one. Slow Money is such an idea."

—Tom Stearns, President, High Mowing Organic Seeds

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money

by Woody Tasch

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents the path for bringing money back down to earth—philosophically, strategically, and pragmatically—and with an entrepreneurial spirit that is informed by decades of work by the thousands of CEOs, investors, grantmakers, food producers, and consumers who are seeding the restorative economy.

This is the path toward a financial system that serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets. To discover this path and to begin to walk down it: That is the mission of Slow Money. This mission emerges from Woody Tasch’s decades of work as a venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur, whose explorations shed new light on a truer, more beautiful, more prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility—a fiduciary responsibility that is not stuck in the industrial concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but which reflects the economic, social, and environmental realities of the twenty-first century.

These explorations take us from the jokes of his father to the insights of his son, from the boardrooms of foundations and start-up companies to the farm fields of Vermont, from gopher holes in New Mexico to the possibilities of an alternative stock exchange, from Carlo Petrini to Muhammad Yunus, from Thoreau to Soros.


"Tasch’s book includes but goes beyond science, just like it includes but goes beyond economics. It has the potential to impact food policy and climate policy in profound ways. Connecting soil, food, and money, really connecting them—this may just be a threshold moment in the history of sustainable agriculture."

—Mardi Mellon, Union of Concerned Scientists

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