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Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money We must bring money back down to earth Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents the path for bringing money back down to earthaphilosophically strategically and pragmatically and with an ent

  • Title: Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money
  • Author: Woody Tasch
  • ISBN: 9781603580069
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money By Woody Tasch, We must bring money back down to earth.Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents the path for bringing money back down to earthaphilosophically, strategically and pragmatically, and with an entrepreneurial spirit that is informed by decades of work by the thousands of CEOs, investors, grant makers, food producers and consumers who are seeding the restorative economyWe must bring money back down to earth.Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents the path for bringing money back down to earthaphilosophically, strategically and pragmatically, and with an entrepreneurial spirit that is informed by decades of work by the thousands of CEOs, investors, grant makers, food producers and consumers who are seeding the restorative economy.The months and years ahead will surely see a flood of books proposing micro and macro economic fixes to the financial crises of the day Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money brings a different visionaa meta economic vision, looking above the top tine and below the bottom line, a new way of seeing what is going on in the soil of the economy.The soil of the economy Bringing money back down to earth This is the path towards a financial system that serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets To discover this path, and to begin to walk down it, is the mission of Slow Money.This mission emerges from decades of work as a venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur by Woody Tasch, whose explorations shed new light on a truer, beautiful, prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility, a fiduciary responsibility that is not stuck in the industrial concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but which reflects the new economic, social and environmental realities of the 21st century.These explorations take us from the jokes of his father to the insights of his son, from the Board rooms of foundations and start up companies to the farm fields of Vermont, from gopher holes in New Mexico to the possibilities of an alternative stock exchange, from Carlo Petrini to Muhammad Yunus, from Thoreau to Soros.Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money investigates an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems, and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after industrial finance and industrial agriculture Theirs is a vision for investing that puts soil fertility into return on investment calculations.Could there ever be an alternative stock exchange dedicated to slow, small, and local Could a million American families get their food from CSAs What if you had to invest 50 percent of your assets within 50 miles of where you live Such questionsaat the heart of Slow Moneyaare the first step on our path to a new economy and a new culture Inquiries into Slow Money is a call to action for designing capital markets built aroundanot extraction and consumption butapreservation and restoration.Is it a movement or is it an investment strategy Yes.

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    1. While Tasch has great intentions to tell about Slow Money, and a truly great idea, he doesn t really ever say what he means Instead he has collected several essays that often repeat themselves, sound rather arrogant, go on unnecessary tangents and tell little to nothing about what slow money means, in my neighborhood and yours I understand that I need to invest like an earthworm, but how

    2. Great ideas, horrible execution Trite, repetitive, throwing out tentative ideas and what if this, what if that Low on statistics and any coherent thinking I suppose he is trying to be poetic, yes, but offers nothing in the way of a concrete new vision or action plan for the reader Just repeating how much globalization and factory farming suck.

    3. There is an important argument for locally focused investment that I believe all of us should be weighing.This book completely fails to make that argument There are three or four wonderful ideas I this book, but it is overwritten to the point of being nearly comical.

    4. I get the whole Slow Food thing I m a member of Slow Food SF and Slow Food Berkeley not active other than volunteering Most of my friends in the Bay Area are also members and active than myself I get it I ve read Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser I ve read Wes Jackson, Joel Salatin, Vandana Shiva and Wendel Berry I get it.Adapting this philosophy to investing is obvious However, it s a paradox It s like saying I really like the taste of a Big Mac, but I m only going to eat organic vegan slow lo [...]

    5. Tasch proposes a new paradigm in investment and cultural literacy, beginning with the principle that agriculture led us into the industrial age and must be reassessed in order to get us out He ties together many schools of thought as applied to the tension between industrial finance and agriculture, such as mathematics every formula is either complete and inconsistent, or consistent and incomplete , economics either you are a true fiduciary or a false Malthusian , environmentalism recounting the [...]

    6. This is a really interesting book I found it to be part manifesto, part economic poetry, and part alternate worldview In summary, the book makes the case that we have all become slaves of the current economic system that is creating unsustainable growth, ecological disasters, uneven distribution of wealth, and collapse of local economies and communities The book argues that individual investors and foundations need to align their investment decisions with the values they consider important and i [...]

    7. I ve been and uneasy with the whole concept of capitalism as a means to decision making There are aspects of it that are great, and I love the acid test, did or did it not make money There are other parts that are really troublesome As with any man made system, it can be manipulated, and not always for the good I ve also read about slow food, and that is an easier concept to grasp The idea of slow money gets at those issues like corporate CEOs focused on making for themselves, and their incen [...]

    8. If you understand and believe in Slow Food, you ll realize that we need Slow Money to support it Money investments today are all about making as much money as fast as you can This means the farmer cannot let a field lie fallow The farmer must use and artificial fertilizer to maximize his harvest He must use monoculture so everything is uniform and can be treated the optimum way Huge amounts of toxic chemicals are used to kill pests Soil is made toxic and infertile Superbugs with a natural resi [...]

    9. Woody Tasch has some inspiring, prescient visions for a new world economy, and so all in all, I m glad I read the book Nevertheless, he gets preachy at times, has a tendency to cherry pick statistics to prove a point, go on loosely connected tangents, and repeat himself i.e he needs an editor Parsing through the pages however, and you ll find some snippets worth referencing Here s just one example Is local a specific number of miles from Point A to Point B Is it a specific political or contractu [...]

    10. Fascinating and poignant Full of great quotes and innovative ideas Certainly food for thought.A better title might have been Musings on rather than Inquiries into More a collection of rambling essays than a book, the topics are wide ranging and often not very cohesive.That said, the financial innovations Tasch suggests are worthy of exploration, and it is helpful to learn in the epilogue that the Slow Money movement has in fact been launched The proposals are necessarily connected to the philoso [...]

    11. I got two chapters in and I had to bring this back to the library because there are many holds on it sidebar isn t that awful, I could not read this tiny books in 3 whole weeks It was about economics, not exactly light, but not awful Premise invest your in things that have a positive impact on the planet and humanity not just those that make is a worthwhile book, and I will try it again when my turn comes round Luckily or not I don t have any money to put anywhere so I don t have to worry about [...]

    12. A rich lode of ideas and facts related to our current economic focus and misuse of the soil we depend on I ve taken notes on this, and need to reread it again I wish it was organized differently, somehow or that a coherent large scale vision of applying principles in this book was presented However, perhaps such a vision is up to us, to create as we go In many ways, I think this one is a MUST READ for anyone talking about economics

    13. I love the idea of Slow Money and think it makes a lot of sense to generate create new businesses around sustainable food This book though is pretty terribly written The core concept was made clear pretty quickly and then the book kinda just rambles from section to section and it s unclear how the sections are tied together I don t think it s worth reading this book You can just Slow Money and get to the same level of understanding vs reading 200 pages.

    14. Woody Tasch articulates what many of us already know or feel is wrong with our current structure in society It s an invitation to action and acknowledgement that we must first have a vision of the future, no matter how farfetched it may seem to some, of what a sustainable future looks like, how it can be achieved, and an ordering of priorities that starts with the place where are sustenance begins, the soil.

    15. Tasch is a horrible convincer He doesn t put his thoughts into a successful rhetorical strategy This book was a terribly tough read, but I gave up a third of the way through Regretfully, the idea that we should treat soil and wealth slowly is a good one that needs proper fleshing out, but it s harbinger is not the one to do it.

    16. Ultimately, I think he seemed like of a poet than a persuasive writer I agree with his position and I share his concern with the problems in our world and yet there were very few action items for an individual to take mostly high level pipe dreams, philosophical quotes, and page after page of scary sounding statistics which after a while are difficult to even digest.

    17. Same as other reviewers have noted, I really wanted to love this book but had difficulty getting through it The subject matter was compelling and the book is chock full of great quotes and factoids However, the writing was laborious and the overall flow was difficult to follow.

    18. The majority of this book seems to be personal essay and philosophizing, which I suppose the title suggests There were a few very good suggestions for practical steps to shift the emphasis in financial investing to sustainable activities.

    19. An interest in local investing led me to purchaseSlow Money I had high hopes for the book, but found myself slogging through hopping it would all come together, it never did There were moments of clarity in the book but mostly the narrative was wandering and difficult to decipher.

    20. Slow money investing as if food, farms, and fertility mattered I started this book and did not finish Would like to pick it up again someday It is an organization that invests in farms organizations who are choosing a different path.

    21. After I heard about this book on NPR, I went out, bought it, and read it in one day It was amazing, and I was lucky enough to meet the author and have him sign it when he came to UMF

    22. This book presents interesting ideas Supporting local farmers, farmers markets, growing locally, spending locally, and redesigning one s lifestyle can make a difference.

    23. A solid introduction into the philosophical nature of Slow Money Lacks pragmatism and immediate how do you implement this practicality.

    24. Great ideas but it is painfully clear that Mr Tasch is an investor first and a writer second Even though this topic is right up my alley, Tasch couldn t hold my interest Bummer.

    25. I wanted to love this new book and embrace the concept of slow money, but this book drove me crazy Too much general preaching about local sustainable green community in all the catch phrase ways.

    26. Interesting take, but it was a bit meandering, a bit ranting It threw a lot of ideas up in the air for others people to pick out and actually do.

    27. Read Slow Money for an upcoming discussion at the next Slow Food book club Was an interesting, insightful read but I m hoping the club as a whole is able to draw out of it.

    28. This book reminds us that faster and global are not the only directions we can choose, at least some of the time, slower and local.

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