Certainly not! FI grew out of our experiences running Slow Money Austin, and we have a great debt of gratitude to the Slow Money Movement. We completely support...
Slow Money's mission of "catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that “bring money back down to earth.”
We're just doing it in our own way. Historically, Slow Money has focused on publishing, events, and organizing, while leaving their self-organizing local volunteer groups to establish their own methods to accomplish the mission.
Our backgrounds in business process engineering, impact business formation & growth, software development, and rural restoration suggested a complementary approach: the creation of process, content, tools, and a business model that would allow the same general principles of Slow Money to be implemented professionally at satellite offices around the country via support from headquarters.
And, as part of our approach of creating a "custom capital stack", see local Slow Money groups - and their members - as one of many potential sources of capital.
Net net: While we are philosophically aligned with many of the tenants of the Slow Money movement, and many of us have worked with Slow Money, and generally, we really like the Slow Money people, we are not legally or contractually affiliated with Slow Money in any way.