Restoring trust. Protecting biodiversity. Sequestering carbon. Revitalizing local food systems. So much good, from something so basic. Systemic change, from the bottom up.
We call these local groups SOIL—SOIL for Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally. One person, one vote, no matter how much a member contributes. Building on local knowledge. Sharing risk with farmers and leaving the returns in, for the benefit of all. When loans are repaid, the money stays local, where it recirculates.
How many SOIL groups could there be a decade from now? We feel the urgency. This is the Decade of Greta. The UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are looming. It’s time to grow the number of local groups significantly. That’s where Beetcoin comes in.
Is Non-Crypto, Non-Currency Really A Thing?
Ten years ago, when the slow money movement started, journalist David Gutnick observed:
“This may be the recipe for a Slow Money revolution.”
It took many tens of millions of dollars and many hundreds of transactions, hundreds of meetings, large and small, public and private, and who knows how many thousands of conversations for a new ingredient in this recipe to come into view: 0% loans, made collectively and locally.