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Meet Woody Tasch, Author of INQUIRIES INTO THE NATURE OF SLOW MONEY
Avid Bookshop is honored to be the bookseller for a guest author event with Woody Tasch.
Join us at 7pm on Thursday, 10/10/13, at 1000 Faces Coffee and meet author Woody Tasch as he discusses How Slow Money Strategies Can Change Local Food Systems. Don't miss this night of conversation, snacks and a booksigning.
Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of Slow Money, a non-profit NGO formed in 2009. Slow Money promotes new principles of fiduciary responsibility and catalyzes the flow of capital to small food enterprises, organic farms and local food systems. In just four years, Slow Money has moved $30 million into small food businesses around the country, including farms, creameries, grain mills, niche organic brands, local processing, distribution and seed companies, and restaurants. Trend spotters cite Tasch’s Slow Money vision as a solution to manage the interrelated issues of economic crisis, sustainability, food sourcing and cultural renewal.
Tasch served as chairman and CEO of Investors’ Circle for a decade prior to 2009. Investors’ Circle is a national non-profit network dedicated to “patient capital for a sustainable future.” Investors’ Circle, since 1992, facilitated the flow of $152 million to over 250 sustainability-minded early-stage companies and venture funds, including more than $24 million to 37 organic and natural food companies.
Tasch, before his time at Investors’ Circle, was treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation where he pioneered mission-related investing, including an investment in Stonyfield Farm, now the world’s largest maker of organic yogurt. Tasch was also chairman of several NGOs, including the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance which supported small-scale venture funds that target economically disadvantaged regions; Sustainable Nantucket, an environmentally responsible growth management on Nantucket Island; and the Nantucket Education Trust, an affordable housing program for teachers. He was on the founding team of Healthdata International, a precursor of WebMD, and a principal at Prince Ventures, a healthcare venture capital fund, where he led the firm’s most successful investment. Tasch has served on the boards of a number of private companies and non-profit organizations.
Numerous articles, interviews and profiles about Tasch and Slow Money have been published, including in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Business Week online, TIME online, Barron’s, the Associated Press, Ode, Green Money Journal, Resurgence, and the Christian Science Monitor. Tasch was recently featured at the Berry Center’s national event in Louisville, KY and is contributing a chapter to The Resettling of America, an update to Wendell Berry’s seminal work, The Unsettling of America. He is serving on the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Jury.
Tasch is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green, 2008), which has been described as “seminal,” “beyond timely,” and “the beginning of a major movement.” In 2010, Tasch was identified by Utne Reader as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
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