The latest from the Donella Meadows Institute, focus on Local Investments
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The Power of Local Investing

Thanks to everyone who came out to share their hopes, ideas and plans for a locally driven economy, you made New Economy Week a great success!

As part of New Economy Week (Oct 10-17), together with other nine organizations we organized Investments for the Sake of Climate and Community, a half-day forum to share the latest on investing in local enterprises and away from fossil fuels. Around 70 people including small investors, business owners, activists, and lending organizations joined us at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, while more than 200 participated online.  

Investments in farms and soil featured prominently through the work of Slow Money Vermontthe Food Investors Network, Vermont Community Loan Fund, White River Investment Club, Soil4Climate and the Soil Carbon Coalition. We all got excited with Milk Money's crowdfunding tool that matches small investors with entrepreneurs, now that investing in Vermont businesses has been made easier by changes in the securities regulation.

We felt that the day was filled with energy and possibilities; moving money is both personal and actionable, a good combination for taking the next steps.

Read more on the event in Emily's Blog, "Investing in Our Values"

Vermont Food Investors Network and Milk Money will host an orientation and networking event in Montpelier, Vermont on November 17th from 5:30-7pm at Down Home Kitchen

As a collective statement of individual intentions, we asked participants to pin their ideas, feelings, and plans for action. Here are some highlights:

“I learned about local currency”

“I feel more hopeful and directed”

“Proud to be part of a community addressing change”

"We came away very energized and optimistic about the future"

“I will meet with my financial adviser and start making some changes”
Excited to learn about your investment options? Here is a link to our resource page that breaks down each organization/club that was present and will give you a better sense of what is best for you!

“I am an organic farmer and I want to invest in soil and the things I care about” 

Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense
resource for grass root investors, professionals, and institutions

Self-directed IRAs allow to invest pension assets locally and are projected to become a concrete option for many in Vermont.

Maeve McBride, 350 + Janice St. Onge, VSJF's Flex Fund + Gus Speth, Democracy Collaborative on:

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