The Vision

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1. Learn, share, fund: a new way to support small food businesses

Gatheround is a live online event, your chance to engage with a cutting-edge thought leader and a handful of small food entrepreneurs who are leading the charge in the food movement and building principled early-stage companies. Think: a TED-style talk about a food sector + a pitch-fest by food entrepreneurs in that sector + interactive Q&A participation.

2. Life after fast food and fast money

By supporting small food entrepreneurs, we are doing more than supporting grain mills and creameries and seed companies and CSAs and microbreweries and grass-fed beef producers and cheesemongers and niche organic brands. We are building a new economy, a restorative economy. We are taking a little of our money from there–the world of fast money and fast food–and putting it to work here–near where we live, in things that we understand, that directly improve our quality of life–starting with food.

 


“What a pleasure to be part of a gathering that wasn’t just talking about the future but bending it! Slow Money is one of the keys to a healthy future.” BILL MCKIBBEN, FOUNDER, 350.ORG

Bill McKibben

3. You donate to us, we loan to the entrepreneur of your choice

Your $25+ fee for a login to the Gatheround is a tax-deductible donation. After listening to the entrepreneur presentations, you direct us to send those dollars to the entrepreneur of your choice. We do this as a zero-percent loan, and when it gets repaid we recycle those dollars to support future Gatherounds and investment in new entrepreneurs. By keeping the money cycling this way, small donations can add up to big change.

4. A low-cost way to put Slow Money principles into action

Around the country, in Slow Money gatherings large and small, many of you have said, “I want to get involved, but I don’t know much about investing. Where do I even start?” Gatheround is a way to get started. Slow Money Principle 1 is: “We must bring money back down to earth.” Gatheround is your way to join thousands of folks around the country who are working, via Slow Money chapters, investment clubs, and regional and national events, to do just that.