Tides is pleased to announce that our CEO Melissa L. Bradley will be a featured speaker at this year's Slow Money National Gathering, held in San Francisco from October 12 - 14. Melissa will be joining other esteemed leaders from the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Matt Flannery, Winona LaDuke, and others interested in new ways of thinking about the relationship between food, money, and social change.
The Slow Money National Gathering integrates internationally recognized thought leadership, next generation social entrepreneurship, and an environment that fosters shared learning across the full spectrum of backgrounds—from the most sophisticated financiers to individual investors, from farmers to food entrepreneurs. Given the centrality of food to its mission, all meals feature the best offerings of local organic purveyors. Meals are generously scheduled to offer as much time as possible for food to be enjoyed and for a bit of the conviviality of the table to be experienced. The program also includes elements of film, music, and Meet the Author sessions, because fixing the economy from the ground up is not only a financial activity, but also a cultural one.
More than 1000 people from 34 states and several foreign countries attended the first two national gatherings, and more than $4.25 million has been invested in 16 of the presenting small food enterprises. Since last year's event at Shelburne Farms in Vermont, eleven local Slow Money chapters have begun investing around the country.
Image from Slow Money National Gathering 2010 by John Rife via Flickr.