“Slow,” I repeated to myself and breathed deeply, “this is supposed to go slowly,” as I sat in a planning meeting at Barrel´s, my local community market and purveyor of great food grown close by. I was debating organizational structure and mission/profit tensions alongside a twenty-something organic grower, the founder of a successful national company, a college student, a professor, several employees, a local accountant and nonprofit executive. It´s not easy for us MBA types to slow it down, but when it comes to Slow Money, boy is it worth getting the full buy-in and the invaluable insights of everyone who´s at the table. Listening, respecting and actively seeking a diversity of perspectives is a big part of what´s making the Slow Money movement gain such steam in Maine and around the country…. with philanthropists and farmers alike.
Slow Money brings together an inspiring mix of people, capital and know-how to help develop healthy food systems, with a focus on small, local, sustainable, and of course, slow. Curious about why slow? What is Nurture Capital? How are some family foundations thinking about Slow Money? What´s the Soil Trust? Who´s big enough to play a part? What are “Credibles” (aka edible credits)?
Here´s Slow Money – Where Money and Food Come Together, the English version of article we just wrote to introduce Slow Money to Spain (yes, Spain). And Slow Money In Action on the Ground in Maine on one of the Slow Money chapters that´s leading the country…. our own Slow Money Maine. There are so many ways to tie into this movement, don´t wait, start investigating …. slowly … and something just might take root and start to grow!
The original article appeared in Compromiso Empresarial. Lo puedes leer aquí.