Friday, May 29, 2009

BALLE Sustainable Manufacturing Summit

Fort Collins, CO - BALLE Sustainable Manufacturing Summit
Another incredible day filled with inspiring companies working together to raise the bar on Sustainability. Natures Path, Icestone, New Belgium, Milla by Mail, Zingerman’s Delicatessen, New Leaf Paper, Comet Skateboards, Indigenous, etc. etc.

I would like to thank my friends at New Belgium Brewery for hosting such a fine event at their offices and serving up beers afterwards. What an impressive company when it comes to sustainability measures and awesome beer!

Thanks also to local Bay Area Green Dudes, Don Shcaffer, RSF Social Finance, Jeff Mendleson, New Leaf Paper and Jay Coen Gilbert, B-Lab, for putting this years Sustainable Manufacturing event together. Cheers!

Slow Money

Just back from incredible Slow Money Retreat in Boulder, CO. learn more:

Slow Money: Patient Capital for Living Economies, Woody Tasch. See:
“In a word where there is no such thing as money that is too fast, a company that is too big, or intermediation that is too complex, we find ourselves asking: Can investing in local food systems offer an authentic alternative?” Woody spoke at the BALLE conference in Denver after my meetings in Fort Collins last week. The room was packed. Many cool people in the room – including Jennifer Buffett.

Slow Money Principles. One of my favorites: “We must bring money back down to earth”. We are going to be tightening down the principles to 3-6, but you can see our current draft at
It’s not just about food, although food is one of the most powerful places to initiate the process. Check out the Chelsea Green Interview video, as Woody explains Slow Money best in his own words.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Green Ball

Matt & Britta Reynolds got their groove on at the Green Ball put on by Friends of the Earth at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco the past Friday, May 15th. Stuart Rudick of Mindful Investors co-hosted the event. Stuart is a big fan of Indigenous as well as a financial supporter of the company. Indigenous also sponsered the auction held at the Green Ball. Here is Matt with Eco-Heroines & Indigenous fans Julia Butterfly and Darryl Hannah.