The Slow Money Movement Gathers at eTown Hall . . Plus the scoop on this week’s eTown airing:
By Helen ~ May 1, 2013
Two visiting musicians, who personify what eTown is all about (mixing great live music with conversation about the world around us as well as the importance of taking care of the planet and each other) are with us this week:
Brett Dennen, who’s been on eTown several times now, is as well known for his environmental and social activism as he is for his gifted songwriting (impressive for one so young). He’s one of the most loveable, sweet, funny and kind people you’ll ever meet, totally unspoiled by fame. He’s got a great sound, one I think you will love.
Also with us, Madagascar native Razia. She’s a big star in her own country as well as around the world, though only a relatively few had heard of her before this episode of eTown originally aired. We got great feedback from our listeners about not only her music, but also the fact that she’s recently chosen to devote her musical career to raising awareness about the environmentally disastrous practice of ‘slash and burn’ agriculture. She discusses what she’s seen first hand in her beloved Madagascar: significant climate change and extreme environmental degradation from the unregulated ‘slash and burn’ methods going on there.
I said this before, this may sound like an intense show, but honestly, this is one of our more uplifting programs. So much so that we are bringing it back by popular demand, for your listening pleasure.
Speaking of uplifting, there’s also a wonderful E-Chievement Award story that will touch your heart. Our in-person winner shares how a physical disability he’s had since early childhood led him to help people in need completely change their lives. Included below is a video of our winner, plus some stellar musical moments from the show. Check out the videos to whet your appetite, then tune in or podcast!
In other news:
Have you heard of the Slow Food movement? How about the Slow Money movement? In an nutshell, Slow Food is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986 as an alternative to fast food (hence the name). The group promotes enjoying regional cuisine (slowly, of course) and the use of local plants, seeds and livestock. Its goal essentially is to promote sustainable foods, encourage us all to support local small businesses and foster a more conscious way of leading one’s life. The Slow Money Movement basically promotes cultural, ecological and economic diversity while supporting the shift from extraction/consumption business to an economy based on preservation and restoration of resources and the planet. They link conscious-minded investors to sustainable business opportunities. Speaking of the Slow Money movement, the group is in my area for a conference; I recently attended a dinner with about 80 of the Slow Money folks. The group has also been doing break out sessions and discussions at eTown Hall. Interesting stuff! You should check both these groups out, Slow Food and Slow Money; the concepts are, to say the least, intriguing.
In sadder news:
My sincere sympathies go out to the family and friends of Barry Fey, the iconic music promoter who recently passed away.
This is totally crazy, but its SNOWING again! Lots.
As Bart Simpson would say, “Dohhhhhh!”