Slow Money Decelerator

October 21, 2016
Longmont, CO

In a world in which it seems there is no such thing as a company that is too big or an algorithm that is too complex, a world in which we celebrate the virtues of slow food and local food but are addicted to daily stock quotes and money zooming around the planet, it is time for … the world’s first … Slow Money Decelerator.

Harvest Weekend 2015
Harvest Weekend 2015

Venture capital has accelerators and pitch fests and elevator pitches. Nurture capital needs decelerators and harvest fests.

Our Decelerator brought together a broad range of stakeholders, including farmers, food entrepreneurs, CSA members, farmers’ market shoppers, co-op members, local food advocates, angel investors, donors and just plain regular folks who want to know where their food comes from and where their money goes.

Since 2009, hundreds of Slow Money local events and five national gathering have brought together tens of thousands of people for peer-to-peer learning, relationship building and exploration of opportunities to take some of our money out of Wall Street and put it to work in small food enterprises near where we live. Event programs feature broad conversations about localization, impact investing and sustainable agriculture, as well as the practical ins and outs of investing in small food enterprises. Information about speakers and program below.

Music
Harvest Weekend 2015
Dominick Sekich

“I am not sure if you have ever had the experience of listening to a few words spoken in a certain order at a certain time and having them act like a key, unlocking deeper understanding. My first Slow Money event was like that for me.”

Dominick SekichMoye White LLP, Denver, CO
Nancy Thellman

“A generation from now, I think we are going to look back on these first Slow Money events as seminal.”

Nancy ThellmanCounty Commissioner, Douglas County, KS

Speakers

Our speakers included active Slow Money stakeholders in Colorado, along with a handful of investors and social entrepreneurs from outside Colorado.

Don Shaffer

Don Shaffer

President and CEO, RSF Social Finance

Elizabeth Candelario

Elizabeth Candelario

Managing Director, Demeter USA

Marco Vangelisti

Marco Vangelisti

Private Investor, San Francisco

Nancy Thellman

Nancy Thellman

County Commissioner, Douglas County, KS

Carol Peppe Hewitt

Carol Peppe Hewitt

Leader, Slow Money North Carolina

Woody

Woody Tasch

Founder, Slow Money

Eden Vardy

Eden Vardy

Founder, Aspen T.R.E.E.

Taber Ward

Taber Ward

Founder, Mountain Flower Goat Dairy

Tom Abood

Tom Abood

Founder, Local Matters Investment Club

Willow King

“The Slow Money loan we received was instrumental in getting some much-needed production equipment to streamline our pickling process.”

Willow KingOzuke, Boulder, CO

Program

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Slowing Our Money Down: The Why
Woody Tasch, Chairman and Founder, Slow Money Institute
Elizabeth Candelario, Co-Director, Demeter USA
Don Shaffer, President & CEO, RSF Social Finance
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Slowing Our Money Down: The How
Marco Vangelisti, private investor and Co-leader, Slow Money Northern California
Carol Peppe Hewitt, Leader, Slow Money North Carolina
Nancy Thellman, Co-leader, Slow Money Northeast Kansas and County Commissioner, Douglas County, Kansas
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Slow Money Colorado: What does success look like in this region?
Tom Abood, Founder, Local Matters Investment Club in Denver
Eden Vardy, Executive Director at Aspen TREE and running 2Forks Club in Carbondale
Brook LeVan, Sustainable Settings (Carbondale, CO)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch
Remarks: Don Shaffer, President & CEO, RSF Social Finance
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Small Group Discussions: Talk with local food entrepreneurs about their projects and the local food system featuring:
Local Food Shift Catalysts, Colorado Strategic Farm and Water Preserve, Poudre Valley Community Farms, Wonder Press, Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, Mad Agriculture, Lineage Seeds, and some of the area’s leading organic farmers
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
1% for SOIL: Launching Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting
Framing remarks by Woody Tasch followed by a plenary discussion. Concerns, questions, aspirations, calls to action and all other contributions to a shared vision of food systems on the front range.
5:30-6:00 p.m.
Quaker-Style Meeting
A non-denominational, non-dogmatic period of reflection, modeled after Quaker meetings.
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Farm-to-Table Dinner and Music
Brook LeVan

“I’ve been a Founding Member of Slow Money since 2009. This is a profoundly hopeful movement, and it’s been a pleasure to be an early part of this national network and now to see it building here in Colorado.”

Brook LeVanSustainable Settings, Carbondale, CO

Venue: Lone Hawk Farm

The Decelerator took place 12 miles north of Boulder at Lone Hawk Farm, an organic farm that hosts special events.

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