A couple of weeks ago on my drive back from the farm I heard this NPR story on promoting local economies.
I jotted down the book that was mentioned "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" and decided to check it out. While the author is a venture capitalist who talks about economics, the book is far from being overloaded with dry jargon. His journal-esque way of writing is inspired by people like Joan Gussow, Wendell Berry, and E.F. Schumacher.
You can catch excerpts from the book here and the Slow Money Alliance website here.