Carl Honoré is a well respected journalist and author. He has written the highly acclaimed book, In Praise of Slow, which focuses on today’s society and its tendency to hurry too much. Carl delivers fascinating keynotes focused on topics such as productivity, pleasure in life, and sustainability.
Carl Honoré is an award-winning journalist and author. The Wall Street Journal has hailed him as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness.”
He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Modern History and Italian. After that, he spent time working with street children in Brazil. He has covered Europe and South America for as a journalist for the Economist, Observer, Guardian, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time Magazine, and the National Post (Canada).
In Praise of Slow, Carl’s first book, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it was “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing. At this time, Carl’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and landed on bestseller lists in many countries.
In Praise of Slow was both a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the new Huffington Post Book Club. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.
Newsweek described Carl as “an international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” ABC TV News called him “the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” Huffington Post labelled him “the godfather of the Slow movement.”
Carl regularly appears as an expert in the media and documentaries around the world. His first language is English, but he also presents in French, Spanish and Portuguese (and sometimes Italian).
Carl currently lives in London with his wife and their two children.
Carl’s first language is English, but he can also present in French, Spanish and Portuguese. And Italian (at a stretch…).
The best way to get ahead in a fast-paced world is to slow down. Taking breaks, taking time to plan or reflect or even taking a nap can boost productivity and the bottom line. Shifting down a gear gets the creative juices flowing.
2. Pleasure and Purpose
Work, sex, food, hobbies, exercise, relationships – everything is better when given the time and attention it deserves. Slowing down also allows us to reflect, bringing more depth and meaning to our lives.
Economic success does not have to mean burning out the planet and everyone on it. By slowing down, we can build strong communities, thriving businesses and a healthy environment.