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Woody Tasch
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Woody Tasch is Chairman and President of Slow Money, a 501(c)(3) formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy.

Tasch is chairman emeritus and former CEO of Investors' Circle, a network of angel investors, family offices, social purpose funds and foundations that since 1992 has invested $150 million in 230 early stage sustainability-promoting ventures and venture funds. During much of the 1990s, he was treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where, as part of an innovative mission-related venture capital program, a substantial investment was made in Stonyfield Farm, now the world’s largest maker of organic yogurt.

He has worked as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board member and consultant with such organizations as Prince Ventures (a healthcare venture fund), Healthdata International, CERES (the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), National Mentor, Greenway, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, CIMMYT (the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Chelsea Green Publishing and The Farmers Diner.

Woody's involvement in food dates back to 1979, when he developed a case study program at The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (home of Norman Borlaug's dwarf wheat and the Green Revolution); he co-authored Food Production and Public Policy in Developing Countries (Praeger Special Studies, 1983).

He has been founding Chairman of several NGOs: the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (supporting over 100 small-scale venture funds that target economically disadvantaged regions), Sustainable Nantucket (environmentally responsible growth management on Nantucket Island) and the Nantucket Education Trust (affordable housing for teachers). Articles, interviews or profiles have appeared in Ode, Christian Science Monitor, Hemisphere, Green Money Journal, Amherst Alumni Magazine, Resurgence, Andover Review, Utne Reader, More Than Money, Il Sole-24 Ore (Italian financial press) and Steering Business Towards Sustainability (United Nations University Press). He is a frequent speaker on regional and national public radio programs and at various socially responsible business and sustainable agriculture venues, including Social Venture Network, SRI in the Rockies, Green Festival, Bioneers, BALLE, Slow Food and NYU’s Reynolds Program on Social Entrepreneurship. He is the author of the recently published Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.

Woody graduated in 1973 Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, where he won the Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize.

Entries by Woody Tasch

What the Zapruder Film Has to Teach Us About Food and Finance

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 8:20 PM

I learned everything I know about organic carrots from the Zapruder film. Let me explain.

The Zapruder film -- that amateur video documenting the fateful moments of JFK's assassination -- changed film making forever, creating a whole new genre dedicated to capturing the real actions of real people in real...

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Dow Hits Record High: It's Time for Slow Money, Experts Say

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Astute readers will discern that no headline actually said that. Although one should, with Slow Money's 4th National Gathering coming up on April 29-30.

Because there is an economic truth--or, as E.F. Schumacher used to say, a "meta-economic" truth--that is bigger and deeper and, oh, so much more durable...

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Occupying, Protesting, Investing

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:57 PM

First, let's admire this fist:

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The Economist put this on its cover earlier this year to celebrate the Arab Spring.

Let's use it, today, for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

People raising their fists, peacefully, against "greed is good,"...

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Buffett, Gates and The Story of Enough

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 2:12 PM

"When is enough enough?" Bernie Sanders asked during his filibuster against the Lame Duck tax bill in December. During the speech, he referred to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the world's richest three people. (If you haven't been paying attention, they've been pushed down to the number two...

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Earth to Stewart and Colbert: 'Tea Party out, Eat Party in!'

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 9:16 PM

Jon and Stephen, we have an important announcement to share with you.

We, not we the people, not we those people, no, we a bunch of un-we-the-peoplers had previously filed an application for a rally on the Washington Mall on October 30.

That's right. Evidently you were so...

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Greece to the Rescue

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 1:40 PM

If we ever forgot, the 1,000-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average last Thursday should be a permanent reminder: We're all Greeks.

We're all floating on an ocean of debt. We're all subject to the volatility of international capital markets, so intertwined that a single error is capable of...

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Is It Time for a Green Tea Party?

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM

The idea of a Green Tea Party is awfully seductive.

What civility-craving, green-of-center soul wouldn't want to create something to counter the Tea Party's name calling and negativity? Is the Coffee Party the answer? (Evidently, it has over 170,000 fans on Facebook in a few weeks.) A...

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