Slow Money Institute founder Woody Tasch visits Point Reyes to discuss his latest book, Soil: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital.
Since 2009, Slow Money founder Woody Tasch has been at the forefront of a new economic story—a story about bringing our money back down to earth. And it’s not just a story, it’s a movement that has catalyzed the flow of more than $60 million to more than 625 small organic farms and local food businesses, via dozens of local groups in the United States, Canada, France and Australia. SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital is poetic, photographic, philosophical and radical. It is about billions and trillions of dollars in the global economy, and billions and trillions of microbes in healthy, fertile soil. Nurture capital is a vision of finance that starts where investing and philanthropy leave off, giving us a new way to reconnect to one another and places where we live, all the way down to local food systems and the soil. Of his first book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green, 2008), Joan Dye Gussow wrote: “Sometimes books come along at exactly the right time to help us understand where we are headed. Slow Money goes along with Small is Beautiful on my ‘books that matter’ shelf.”
About Woody Tasch:
Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of the Slow Money Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that bring money back down to earth. Since 2010, via local Slow Money networks in dozens of communities in the U.S. and a few in Canada, France and Australia, over $57 million has gone to 632 small, local and organic food enterprises. Tasch is former chairman of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit angel network that has facilitated more than $200 million of investments in over 300 early-stage, sustainability-promoting companies. As treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in the 1990s, he was a pioneer of mission-related investing. He was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Utne Reader named him “One Of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”