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Slow Money Alliance goes into Full Scale Implementation

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here’s an update from the Slow Money people who, based on strong momentum,  are now moving into full scale implementation of their  plans for growing the local food and radically different approach to finance of sustainable business.

Meridian is a highly dynamic specialized insurance consulting group and broker with offices in Boston, MA, Newport, RI and Brookfield, CT.  We are a hard-driving group with an entrepreneurial spirit who will work tirelessly for clients.  We specialize in risk management and risk transfer issues for clients in the sustainable business  arena.  We belong to Slow Money, the Sustainable Business Network and in the past year became a B Corp. For more on this read our blog on sustainable business practices.

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“One of the most remarkable aspects of the launch of Slow Money has been the participation of our members and the emergence of the Slow Money Principles.  Thank You.  In this day of financial razzmatazz and uncertainty, 12,000 of us have taken the time to consider and affirm a new vision of money and the soil.

Now, Slow Money is ready to move from launch to full-scale implementation.  Slow Money initiatives are emerging around the country, money is starting to flow and our momentum is building.

For more highlights, scroll down to see our progress report.

The Slow Money Principles are the path to a new, healthy food system. Sign them and be counted!
- Greg Steltenpohl, Founder, Odwalla

We couldn’t agree more with our friend Greg.   It’s not just about transactions. It’s about relationships and values. It’s about a new way of thinking that will catalyze a major cultural and economic shift towards preservation and restoration.

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO TWO FRIENDS, so that they can read the Principles, and, we hope, join you and the rest of us who share abiding concerns about the fertility of our soil, the vitality of our culture and the health of our economy.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of the simple act of signing the Slow Money Principleshttp://bit.ly/slowprinciples.

NPR calls us a movement. ACRES USA calls us a revolution. Business Week cited us as “one of the big ideas for 2010.”

We are still at the beginning. But what a promising beginning it is!

Of course, if you are also moved to increase your participation by becoming a member of theSlow Money Alliance, we’d love to welcome you.   Click here to make a financial contribution of $25 or more, supporting our work convening national and regional gatherings and incubating the new products and services that will enable a million people to invest 1% in local food systems with a decade.

With deep gratitude,”
Ari, Woody, Michael, and David at Slow Money Alliance

Slow Money’s Second National Gathering June 9-11, 2010

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

For a new way of connecting investors to local food systems, catalyzing new forms of social  investing and philanthropy for the 21st century  join  the emerging network of investors, donors, entrepreneurs, farmers, and activists who are giving birth to the  nurture capital industry.  Join Slow Money for its 2nd National Gathering  at Shelburne Farms, a working farm and forest and National Historic Landmark at 1611  Harbor Road Shelburne, VT 05482 .  June 9-11, 2010. It is a setting uniquely imbued with the history of capitalism and a nonprofit organization dedicated to forging a new future through sustainability education, creating social enterprises and strengthening local food systems. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain. Meet thought leaders and change agents from around the country who are joining in this exciting project: designing capital markets that go beyond extraction and consumption all the way to preservation and restoration… starting with food and soil fertility.

Program details will be announced shortly but you can be sure that they will include healthy doses of discussions, collaboration, spirit of inquiry, shared learning, music, and food.

For more information and to register use this link.  http://www.slowmoneyalliance.org/national-gathering.html

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We bring market-leading service to the most creative solutions in the risk management field to ensure that each Meridian client achieves their risk objectives.

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Food Literacy Project at Harvard presents: Woody Tasch, Chris Taylor and the documentary “Food Fight” Feb 16th 2010 7 pm Harvard Science Center

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Wondering about the sustainable movement  in general and local food specifically?  Whether  you are in New England or beyond if you’d like to learn a little and ask some questions of some pioneers see the event info below.

And if you have questions about risk management for your sustainable business  contact us.

Meridian is a highly dynamic specialized insurance consulting group and broker with offices in Boston, MA, Newport, RI and Brookfield, CT. We specialize in risk management and risk transfer for companies interested in sustainable practice. We also promote sustainable practices and are members of the Sustainable Business Network and Slow Money Alliance. Our Mission is simple.  We seek to help our clients make the best risk and risk transfer decisions possible.

We bring market-leading service to the most creative solutions in the risk management field to ensure that each Meridian client achieves their risk objectives.

February 16, 2010, 7:00-9:00 pm
Film Screening & Panel: Food Fight and discussion about Slow Money Alliance
Where: Science Center Lecture Hall A, Cambridge campus 1 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA

Does the term “foodie” inspire, irritate, or intrigue you? Do you wonder what the big deal is about food that is locally grown, organic, or “sustainable”? Do you wonder whether your food choices really matter? Join the Harvard University Dining Services Food Literacy Project for a screening of the award-winning documentary Food Fight and a discussion with filmmaker Chris Taylor and Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money Alliance.  Food Fight explores the political and social changes that shaped 20th century American agricultural policy and food culture and the changing relationship between consumers and big agribusiness.  Slow Money Alliance is a new nonprofit that combines principles of philanthropy and investing to “bring money back down to earth” by encouraging investment in small food enterprises, local food systems, and local economies.  Questions?  Contact theresa_mcculla@harvard.edu for information. The event is free and open to the public.

Slow Money goes viral

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

From the Political Packrat blogpost Monday Nov 2nd comes more press for Slow Money.

Meridian sees a rising tide of voices which say in unison that it is an idea whose time has come. And like  any such animal it’s causing a touchstone for people from all walks of life.  Geography does not seem to be limiting the imagination of those who are germinating this idea. Decide for yourself but think back on this in 3 years, 5 years, and 10 years from now and see how time has colored your own view of the  importance and opportunity that stood before us at this time in history.

“Slow Money is the name of a book, a movement, and an idea whose time has come. The subtitle of the book ” investing as if food, farms and fertility mattered” explains the heart of the movement which is only about a year old, but which is going viral all over the world.

The principles of slow money are not about capitalism or communism but about common sense and basic morality. The idea of slowing money down means to not invest for a quick killing and maximum return for investors, but to invest for long tern goals and the good of both investment and investor. The movement asks three interesting questions in the principles section of its website:

  • What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?
  • What if there were a new generation of companies that gave away 50% of their profits?
  • What if there were 50% more organic matter in our soil 50 years from now?

These questions were provocative enough to make me want to download the PDF outlining all the principles of the movement which you can do by clicking here.

How it Started

The Slow Money movement grew out of the slow food, buy local idea. From eating local and eschewing factory farms and agribusiness it is only one small step to changing the entire system by changing the way we view business, profit and investment. The Slow Money movement is putting its money where its mouth is by starting a seed money fund that will emphasize ” nurture capitalism” funding local and small food enterprises, not as philanthropy, but as sensible investment in product, people, and the future.

Like most great concepts it is simple. Like most game-changing ideas it leaves you thinking ” why didn’t I think of that” and like many new ways of thinking, it will no doubt be met with ridicule and pessimism. The important thing is, given human nature, will it work? Only time will tell.

The world as we know it is on the verge of economic collapse. International financial institutions, governments and corporations are paddling like mad to keep us from going over the falls into oblivion. I say, keep an open mind and incorporate the idea of “nurture capitalism” into the economy. Maybe it is time to think outside the box? It’s what we’re best at here in America and Lord knows we need to re-invent ourselves.  ”

http://politicalpackrat.blogspot.com/2009/11/slow-money-fast-growing-idea.html

Meridian is a highly dynamic specialized insurance consulting group and broker  with offices in Boston, MA, Newport, RI and Brookfield, CT.  We are a hard-driving group with an entrepreneurial spirit who will work tirelessly for clients. Our Mission is simple.  We seek to help our clients make the best risk and risk transfer decisions possible.

We bring market-leading service to the most creative solutions in the risk management field to ensure that each Meridian client achieves their risk objectives.