In the ensuing decade, $80 million flowed to more than 1000 small organic farms and local food businesses via volunteer-led activities in dozens of communities. Tens of thousands attended local, national and virtual slow money events. A variety of local approaches were pursued, from pitch fests, informal networks, and investment clubs to peer-to-peer lending, all pointing towards the opportunity to grow a broader grassroots movement.
The vision behind the slow money movement is encapsulated in the Slow Money Principles, which revolve around nurture capital, care of the commons, sense of place, diversity and nonviolence. This is a framework for public conversation and cooperative action, informed by the process of bringing some of our money back down to earth, putting it to work in things that we understand, near where we live, starting with food.