“We must bring money back down to earth.”NPR calls it a movement. Acres U.S.A. calls it a revolution. BusinessWeek online calls it “one of the big ideas for 2010.” Change.org calls it one of the top fifteen Ideas For Change.Yet could there be anything simpler than this?Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents the path for bringing money back down to earth—philosophically, strategically, and pragmatically—and with an entrepreneurial spirit that is informed by decades of work by the thousands of CEOs, investors, grantmakers, food producers, and consumers who are seeding the restorative economy.The months and years ahead will surely continue to see a flood of books proposing micro- and macro-economic fixes to the financial crises of the day. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money brings a different vision—a meta-economic vision, looking above the top line and below the bottom line, a new way of seeing what is going on in the soil of the economy.This is the path toward a financial system that serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets, the path toward the nurture capital industry, serving one million investors investing one percent of their assets in local food systems.Slow Money emerges from Woody Tasch’s decades of work as a venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur. His explorations shed new light on a truer, more beautiful, more prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility—a fiduciary responsibility that is not stuck in the industrial concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but which reflects the economic, social, and environmental realities of the twenty-first century.These inquiries take us from the jokes of his father to the insights of his son, from the boardrooms of foundations and start-up companies to the farm fields of Vermont, from gopher holes in New Mexico to the possibilities of an alternative stock exchange, from Carlo Petrini to Muhammad Yunus, from Thoreau to Soros.Is it a movement or is it an investment strategy? Yes.