The Slow Movement is officially declaring war on “time poverty“. They believe that we need to slow down if we want to be able to make connections again and give our life meaning. The Movement has many different faces:
The most famous Slow Movement is probably the Slow Food Movement. It started as a constrast and opposition to fast food. The Movement writes about themselves: “Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.” They want to saveguard local food traditions and sensitize people for what is behind the things they eat – like where it comes from and what it takes to produce it. Simply, “slow Food stands at the crossroads of ecology and gastronomy, ethics and pleasure.”
Similarly, there is the notion of Slow Media. Like our food habits, the way we consume media has changed radically over the last decades. We use fast media while eating fast food. We opt for foreign entertainment and forget about local culture. Slow Media is opposing these changes. “Slow Media are not about fast consumption but about choosing the ingredients mindfully and preparing them in a concentrated manner.” What does that mean in pratice? In their manifesto the movement promote monotasking, sustainability, quality and discurse. Things which tend to be lost within the ever-growing number of flows of information surrounding us.
There is also Slow Travel which is usually associated with low carbon traveling and other ways of making your holidays more sustainable. Find some inspiring ideas and stories on Slow Traveling at lowcarbontravel.com.
Slow Money is another wonderful idea and grassroot organization which questions the way we connect with money. They explain: “money is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that is too complex.” They therefore propose changes like investing locally and moving away from profit-based organizations.
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