Slow Money, Humanism, and Nurture Capitalism
Humanism as defined by Woody Tasch;
The cultural context that allows us to nurture, even in the face of chaos, a robust sense of self-worth, so that we may develop a widening relationship of purposeful engagement.
Clearly, capitalism and consumerism have failed as we see their social, economic, and environmental damage around the world. Woody is a writer, philosopher, and architect in the slow money movement that is working to transform our world into something more humane and sustainable. I enjoy his poignant writing, which reminds me both of the urgency and importance of creating sustainable ways of living with the earth. Woody is a modern muse, building on the ideas of writer/farmer Wendell Berry. They both offer insights on how we might transform our world into something more humane, just, and sustainable for people and the planet.
We are suffering from spiritual nomadism, a loss of meaningful contact with the earth and its cycles of birth, growth, and death. ~ Wendell Berry
They teach from the belief that to heal we must start with a strong relationship to the land and nature, then expand out to include people, place, and purpose. Their core premise is that capitalism, industrialization, and globalization have failed. We must relearn to value and prioritize people, relationships, local, and nature. As Woody writes, this must be the final chapter of capitalism, replaced by a robust movement of reconnection and regrounding, vital enough to help us navigate today’s toughest challenges.
Maybe the only way to health and peace is to stop focusing on political maps and financial power and to focus instead on the whole world and our place in it. ~ Woody
Nurture capitalism is another name for what the slow money movement hopes to accomplish. It is a grassroots family of funding networks. They work to transform the way we invest and direct money with intention and nurturing. To steer money in new directions that allow us to honor diversity, land, local, and regeneration.
In case you’d like to learn more about Slow Money, here is the link to the first of 6 AHA newsletters from the Slow Money Institute or their website. And below is a video highlighting the efforts on Slow Money’s 2Forks Club for local investing.
Woody lays out the pitfalls of current capitalism and investing. Even mission-driven and benefit corporations often fall short of the aim to bring benefits to those who most need it. Nurture capitalism aims to start fresh with new ways of investing that direct capital locally to heal, connect, and regenerate the soil and earth.
Healing pulses of capital and peaceful mobilization of people… reconnecting to one another and the places we live and work. ~ Woody
Here are three simple steps to help you start.
- Live and eat more simply. Slow down, do less, and buy less. The earth can not sustain 8 billion “consumers” with our current ways of living.
- Live, eat, and buy locally as much as possible, especially your food, sourcing from farmers who build soil and ecosystems.
- Invest your capital in local people and businesses that are working toward healing the soil and earth.
Peace, love, and soil may be what saves us all.