by Woody Tasch
We’re headed for the greatest, noblest, messiest, most meaningful AHA! of all time. To get there, we need to navigate anew our relationship with money, financial markets and the limits of economic growth. Which would be scary, if it weren’t for all the beauty and community we can find on a parallel path.
What will a full-fledged nurture capital sector look like a generation or two from now? What role do local food systems and small organic farms have in reshaping society? And who was Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, anyway?
Woody Tasch is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green). Tasch is former chairman of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit angel network that has facilitated more than $200 million of investments in over 300 early-stage, sustainability-promoting companies. As treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in the 1990s, he was a pioneer of mission-related investing. He was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Utne Reader named him “One Of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Tasch is also author of SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital (Slow Money Institute, 2017).
“We got here—to dangerous levels of wealth inequality, virulent distrust, healthcare dysfunction and climate challenges—by way of the deadly seriousness of economics and industry, capital and commerce, technological innovation and financial wizardry. Perhaps a little less left brain and a little more right brain and a lot more heart are called for.” —From AHA!