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    Slow Money Meets Slow Food



    When venture capitalist Woody Tasch talks about "pushing money down the food chain," hes talking about patient support for small scale food companies working at the leading edge of green business. He describes it as "slow money," a philosophy aimed at influencing how we invest over the long term for community, sustainability and social responsibility.

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we hear about slow money, talk about corporate shareholder activism and learn how to put our own finances toward sustainable investments.


    This Week's Guests:

    Woody Tasch — CEO, Investors' Circle

    Tasch is currently the Chairman of the Investors' Circle. Since 1993, he has been President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation's private equity and venture capital portfolio. He has been responsible for all aspects of investing, monitoring and harvesting the $12.5 million portfolio, $3.5 million of which is invested in early stage private companies whose businesses relate to the mission of the foundation. He was founding Chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, a non-profit association of small venture funds targeted at economically disadvantaged communities. He has served on the Boards of a number of nonprofit and for-profit corporations, including CERES (the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), Nantucket Sustainable Development Corporation, National Mentor, Greenway, the Nantucket Education Trust and Chelsea Green Publishing.


    Carsten Henningsen — Chairman, Portfolio 21

    Considered a pioneer in the field of sustainable investing, Henningsen founded Portfolio 21, the first global mutual fund committed to investing in companies incorporating environmental sustainability into their business strategies. He drives on biodiesel and he helped create Portfolio 21's award winning carbon mitigation program. His work has been recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme and Paul Hawken's Natural Capital Institute. Henningsen is a graduate of Stichting Nijenrode, The Netherlands School of Business.


    Richard Cohn — SRI Financial Adviser

    Cohn, J.D., R.I.A. has enjoyed a long and diversified financial career in banking, securities, real estate and finance. He is familiar with the process of owning and operating banks and has definite ideas as to the role of community banking in our local economies. He currently serves as an investment advisor and money manager to individuals nearing retirement or retired; stressing the integration of social values to investment selections and modeling. The ascension of SRI investing is one of the investing stories of this decade. Cohn is a well known local speaker on investments and financial planning and has hosted his own social financial radio show on community station KWMR in Northern California.


    More information:

    Books:
  • Socially Responsible Investing: Making a Difference and Making Money
  • Investing With Your Values

    Articles:
  • Christian Science Monitor Has Social Investing Lost it's Way

    Web Resources:
  • Investors' Circle
  • Portfolio 21
  • Richard Cohn's Website
  • Social Investment Forum
  • Natural Capital Institute
  • GreenMoney Journal


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