John de Graaf is an author, consultant, educator, filmmaker, participatory researcher, policy advisor, speaker, Executive Director of Take Back Your Time and Co-Founder and Senior Partner of The Happiness Initiative.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Earth Island Institute, a member of the Balaton Group on International Sustainability and professor at The Evergreen State University in Seattle, WA.
Take Back Your Time is an organization challenging time, poverty, and overwork in North America. It addresses issues such as personal and community work-life balance and time-productivity trade-offs in business and institutional realms. The
Happiness Initiative is a national movement working for a just, healthy and resilient society. It uses relational and evidence-based tools and methods, including civic engagement and the Happiness Survey, an online tool available in twenty-one languages that measures individual, community and regional well-being. Their work generates robust data and catalyzes critical dialogues for national economic and social policy.
John speaks internationally on environmental issues, overwork, happiness and overconsumption at corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations, including at places spanning the continuum from Harvard University to local business groups. In 2005 John was the World Food Day George McGovern Lecturer.
John is co-author of four books, including: Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (2001), What's the Economy For, Anyway? Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness (2011). He is also the editor of Take Back Your Time (2003) and co-author of the children’s book, David Brower: Friend of the Earth (1992). His essay and commentaries are widely published, including in The Huffington Post and AlterNet.
As an Emmy-award winning independent documentary producer of numerous prime-time programs, John has received more than 100 regional, national, and international awards,
His popular PBS specials include: Running Out of Time, on overwork and time pressure in America; Affluenza, a humorous critique of American consumerism; Silent Killer, on world hunger; and Buyer Be Fair, about global Fair Trade. The de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California.
John is frequently featured and/or quoted in regional, global and national business, consumer, government and academic media, including The New York Times, The Examiner, The Wallstreet Journal, FOXNews, Newsweek, Time and CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC News and NPR.
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