Thursday, October 1, 2009

Slow Money, financial permaculture and capitalism

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 8:30 AM

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It’s time to move from wondering what’s Slow Food to questioning Slow Money. Like enjoying locally-grown food, slow money is about making your investments local, “bringing money back down to earth,” says Woody Tasch. For deeper digging, there’s his book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. No time? Check out why the Wall Street Journal considers slow money a local hedge fund.

In early September, over 450 people from 34 states and six countries showed up in Santa Fe for the Slow Money Inaugural National Gathering. If you missed it, they are slowly putting workshops videos up on their web site.

More recently, hungry learners immersed themselves in financial permaculture. The Greening of a Rural Community event was all about localized economics. Besides financial permaculture, you can also see maps of financial ecosystems and Syracuse’s plan for growing a living economy. Among those in Tennessee, was Creative Loafing publisher Sharry Smith. Expect an interview up on the site soon.

Behind this big event and financial permaculture is Catherine Austin Fitts. Catherine Fitts first caught my attention during a teleseminar with the Institute of Noetic Sciences when she compared our economic system to a tape worm that juices its host with chemicals to cause the host to eat what the tapeworm needs to thrive, eventually killing the host. Catherine has quite a following in Tampa Bay and I can understand why. After spending a day with her in June, I had a clearer picture about the global economy than I'd understood before. Having been part of the inner circles of finance as the the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner, one of George W Bush’s largest fund raisers, and a top Wall Streeter, she’s definitely got a deep understanding about the Washington-Wall Street dance and what we need to do about it. She blew the whistle on the housing crisis long before last year, unfolding a story of political intrigue.

Net-net, here’s that Catherine has to say: “The evolving financial crisis is requiring every county, city and town in America to address the need to develop local green businesses. Stay connected to one of America's most dynamic movements --- Financial Permaculture!”

Keep up with Catherine on her blog.

Why not learn more about how money works with Michael Moore’s newest film, Capitalism: A Love Story.

Expect to hear more about what’s happening in Tampa Bay about financial permaculture, slow money and creative capitalism.

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