The Power of Slow in a Fast World – Carl Honoré conference
Is every moment of your day a race against the clock? Are you tired, stressed and distracted? Do you feel like you’re rushing through life instead of living it? Good news: there is a cure. It’s called the Slow Movement. Slowing down in the right way and at the right moments can bring more depth, pleasure, and meaning to your life. It can boost your energy and health and help you connect more with other people. It can make you more efficient, focused, creative and productive. Bottom line: the best way to thrive in a fast world is to slow down.
Carl Honoré is a bestselling author, broadcaster and leader of the global Slow Movement. His TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed 2.7 million times.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness,” Carl travels the world to deliver powerful keynotes that put time and tempo in a whole new light. His message is simple but counterintuitive: To achieve peak performance in a fast world, you have to slow down.
After studying history and Italian at Edinburgh University, Carl worked with street children in Brazil. This inspired him to take up journalism. He has written from all over Europe and South America, spending three years in Buenos Aires along the way. His work has appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications.
Carl’s first book, In Praise of Slowness, chronicles the global trend toward putting on the brakes in everything from work to food to parenting. Under Pressure explores how to raise children in a fast world and was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” Carl’s latest book, The Slow Fix, shows how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life without falling for short-term quick fixes. Translated into more than 35 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries.
Carl featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled people slow down. He also presented a television show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australia’s ABC 1. Carl is an adviser to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.
Carl lives in London. In his spare time, he plays ‘slow’ sports like hockey and squash.
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