This part of the curriculum looks at how investments and flow of capital impact our economic system and create increasing disparity in wealth and power. Financial capital has been transformed over time from an instrument to facilitate economic production to a self-perpetuating pool of capital growing through trading activities which are progressively divorced from productive economic activities. We will look at ways communities around the country are attempting to relocalize and democratize investments and capital formation.

Investing for the World we Want – my keynote address at the Slow Money National Conference in Louisville, KY on November 11, 2014.

For a more in depth discussion on the financial system and local investing alternatives watch the talk I gave at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Redwood City on October 25, 2015

Resources

(book) Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farm and Fertility Mattered by Woody Tasch

(book) Financing our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money by Carol Peppe Hewitt

(book) Locavesting: the Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from it by Amy Cortese

(book) Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity by Michael Shuman

(website) Capital Institute – the Future of Finance