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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.

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.

“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

Update on Slow Money conference June 9-11 Shelburne Farms, VT

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

By way of update on the the logistics and speakers for this upcoming event, see the note below from Woody Tasch Chairman of Slow Money.

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.

“It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us on June 9-11 for our Second National Gathering at Shelburne Farms, Vermont   http://www.slowmoneyalliance.org/national-gathering.html

one of the premier historic and sustainable agriculture sites in the country. This 1400-acre site originally owned by Lila Vanderbilt Webb is located on the shore of Lake Champlain and is the site of three barns, each one of which is more memorable than the last (if you don’t think a barn can be memorable, you will have your mind changed…).

We’re expecting a strong turn-out, so we suggest you secure your housing as soon as possible. Link here

http://www.slowmoneyalliance.org/hotels.html

for our list of recommended hotels. NOTE: the unique agricultural nature of the site means you will be staying a few miles away at one of these hotels.

Slow Money… It’s not an ISM (as in capitalism, socialism, consumerism, market fundamentalism…).  But it is 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.”

See you there,

Woody Tasch

Chairman, Slow Money

Confirmed Speakers

Erika Allen, Chicago Projects Manager, Growing Power

Eliot Coleman, Founder, Four Season Farm and Author of The New Organic Grower

Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America

Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield Farm

Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org and Author of Deep Economy

Diane Miller, President and CEO, blue moon fund

Will Raap, Founder, Gardener’s Supply

Joel Salatin, Owner, Polyface Farm

Tom Stearns, Founder, High Mowing Seeds

Robert Zevin, President, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates

Sponsors

Calvert Foundation

Castanea Foundation

City Market

Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation

Investors’ Circle

Recycled Paper Printing

Solidago Foundation

University of Vermont

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Wainwright Bank

Partnering Organizations

1% for the Planet

Edible Communities

Vermont Commons

Vermont Fresh Network