“Let’s feed our food entrepreneurs so they can grow, and ultimately, feed each of us well within that local economy and community.” #SLOWMONEY
Day 1 at Slow Money Gathering in Boulder, Colorado.
Waylon runs around hob-knobbing with mindful movers and shakers (everyone from pig farmers to venture capitalists) and the crowd goes wild for the inspiring, feisty, funny Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, a movement which began in Italy as a revolt against speedy consumerism. The evening ends with a private farm-to-table dinner at The Kitchen with Carlo and Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money, as well as Bryan Welch, a longtime ally of elephant.
The quest for slowness, which begins as a simple rebellion against the impoverishment of taste in our lives, makes it possible to rediscover taste. By living slowly , you understand other things, too; by slowing down in comparison to the world, you soon come into contact with what the world regards as its “dumps” of knowledge, which have been deemed slow and therefore marginalized. By exploring the “margins” of slowness, you encounter those pockets of supposedly “minor” culture that are alive in the memories of old people, typical of civilizations that have not yet become frantic—traditions that guide the vital work of good, clean, and fair producers and that are handed down after centuries of empiricism and practical skill.
In coming into contact with this “slow” world, you feel a new (or renewed) relish for life, you sense the potential of different methods and forms of knowledge as counterweights to the direction currently being imparted to the tiller that steers our route toward the future. You reassess the elements of consumer culture, and in rural knowledge, you discover surprisingly simple solutions to problems which speed has made complex and apparently insoluble. ~ Carlo Petrini