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Guest Post: Slow Money NYC

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Mission Markets + Slow Money NYC = Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Exchange, this Saturday, May 14th in Brooklyn, NY.

A former boss of mine, whenever he heard a good idea, would look at his staff and say, “Let’s dream that into existence.”  He was directing a team of artists, and his words were our marching orders to transform our wildest thoughts into tangible work.

I was reminded of this when I read the book Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money by Woody Tasch.  For a few years now, our country has been wading through tough economic times.  Yet, to give an example, we continue to search for signs of recovery in a higher GDP.  Considering that the GDP measures all economic activity — everything from car accidents to mountain-top removal included — it hardly seems a measure of improvement.  It’s time for kindred thinkers like those behind Mission Markets and the Slow Money movement to dream something new into existence.

With these lofty goals, I’m happy to announce tangible work right now:  This Saturday, May 14th, Slow Money NYC is proud to partner with Mission Markets for the first-ever Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Exchange in Brooklyn, NY.  The event will be at The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, from 1-6 pm.

Slow Money NYC is a network of food activists, investors and entrepreneurs.  We nurture a range of conversations in order to actively develop funding and investment channels for local and sustainable food enterprises.  Our work is based on the principles of collaborative knowledge sharing, mutually reinforcing relationships, community participation, fairness, diversity and non-violence.

Like Mission Markets, we want to see investment directed towards companies that restore our environment.  We believe that, in turn, will restore the economy.

On Saturday, May 14th the doors are open to all.  In addition to the presentations from the ten Slow Money NYC entrepreneur finalists, we’ll have a Resource Exchange with numerous exhibitors who offer a range of services for sustainable food and farming entrepreneurs.  And we’re delighted to host Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as the Opening Speaker.

Why this and why now?  On page 116 of Slow Money, Tasch gives us the status quo:  “I would argue that an investor whose financial activity is predicated on extraction — on the linear take-make-waste methodologies of a world that had never seen the picture of the earth rising over the moon — is not really an investor at all.  He is not truly investing himself in that to which he is applying his capital.  Quite the opposite.  He is keeping himself completely out of it, denying any personal connection to or responsibility for that to which his capital is lending its energy.”

Later in the book, within pages 132-136, he writes, “…financial markets are man-made.  And we can remake them…We need to create a new market.  A new kind of market.  A market that will turn the market into a market or that market.”

Join Mission Markets and Slow Money NYC as we bring into existence new, sustainable food and farming markets for New York City this Saturday, May 14th.

 

Nicole Reed
Steering Committee
Slow Money NYC

 

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Author: Mission Markets

Mission Markets operates a financial marketplace for the impact and sustainability community. On the Mission Marketplace members can raise capital, discover investment opportunities, buy and sell environmental credits, access comprehensive data and information, promote valuable products and services and connect with a community of like minded stakeholders. Our goal is to increase the flow of information and capital within the impact and sustainability sector and expand the stakeholder community as a whole.

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