Bringing together global thought leaders, investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and the general public, the Third Annual Slow Money National Gathering will take place in San Francisco at Fort Mason on October 12-14. At this year’s National Gathering there will sessions focused on mission-related investing and philanthropy.
What Is Slow Money?
As a movement, Slow Money is only a few years old.
“Slow Money is a movement to organize investors and donors to steer new sources of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems. Slow Money takes its name from the Slow Food movement. Slow Money aims to develop the relationship between capital markets and place, including social capital and soil fertility.” -Wikipedia entry
The upcoming national gathering is the third for the Slow Money Alliance, an emerging network that was launched in 2008 in response to the book Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered by Slow Money Founder and former venture capitalist Woody Tasch.
The three day conference in San Francisco will feature a host of prominent speakers and educators:
- David Suzuki, the award-winning host of CBC’s “The Nature of Things”;
- Environmentalist Vandana Shiva, named one of world’s most influential women by Forbes Magazine;
- Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute;
- NCG member Melissa Bradley, CEO of Tides Foundation;
- Leslie Christian, CEO of Portfolio 21; and
- Scientist turned economist Chris Martenson, whose book and video series The Crash Course has spawned a popular website dedicated to global economic issues.
Along with keynote addresses and townhall meetings, the program includes break out sessions intended to provide attendees—which include 30 small food enterprises assembled from all over the U.S., general attendees who represent an extremely valuable cross-section of investors, entrepreneurs, and farmers around the country, and funders—an extremely high quality opportunity to participate in a live field-building activity.
The planned break out session on mission-related investments will include Elena Pons among its panel presenters. Elena worked as a Research Consultant for NCG member The Springcreek Foundation, where she co-authored “Promoting Sustainable Food Systems through Impact Investing”.
What Is Philanthropy Saying About Slow Money?
Jeff Rosen, Director of Finance at the Solidago Foundation had this to say about Slow Money:
“Slow Money has had a profound influence on our program and mission related investing strategies. Influenced by Slow Money’s frame, and drawing continually upon their expertise and membership, we’ve been working with a diverse array of stakeholders in our local community to provide catalytic capital to the complete food system. “
The Santa Fe Community Foundation President and CEO Brian Byrnes was impressed by the gather’s diverse participants:
“There was a moment when I looked around the tent at Shelburne Farms to see the wonderful old codgers who have been farming in Vermont for generations, sitting with young environmentalists and food entrepreneurs and New York investment types, all nodding in agreement. Wow.
Talk about being the change we seek. It was a profoundly hopeful moment.”
Take a look at the Slow Money National Gathering program agenda online.
Download “Promoting Sustainable Food Systems through Impact Investing” from The Springcreek Foundation’s website online.