Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré

Award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker (2.4 million views). Leading global spokesman for the Slow Movement.
Carl worked as a journalist for more than a decade, covering Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications.

His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it "is 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 and offers a blueprint for change. It was hailed by Time as a "gospel of the Slow Parenting movement."

Carls latest book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes.

Translated into 35 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentinas version of Big Brother and a TV commercial for the Motorola tablet. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.

Carl featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled Britons slow down. He presented a TV show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australias ABC. He also hosts a podcast called The Slow Revolution.

His TED talk on slowness has been viewed 2.4 million times.

On top of writing, broadcasting and researching the benefits of deceleration, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops.

He recently joined the Advisory Board of Jack Media, which makes a Slow messaging app. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.

Carl lives in London with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he plays slow sportslike hockey and squash.
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Slow Wins The Race (Corporate)

Carls message is simple but counterintuitive: To triumph in a fast world, you have to slow down. In the 21st-century workplace, faster is often better. But not always. When every moment is a race against the clock, everything suffers from well-being to work. Striking the right balance between fast and slow can boost your health and bring more depth, pleasure and meaning to your life. It can also make you more efficient, creative and productive. As The Economist magazine concluded in 2015: Forget frantic acceleration. Mastering the clock of business is about choosing when to be fast and when to be slow. In this keynote, Carl shows how to do just that by revealing how entrepreneurs, employees and companies in some of the fastest sectors of the global economy are getting ahead (and speeding up!) by slowing down.
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The Slow Revolution (General)

Slowing down can bring more depth, pleasure and meaning to your life. It can boost your health and make you more efficient, creative and productive. This applies in every walk of life, from food and design to exercise and medicine to relationships, parenting and the workplace. In this keynote, Carl draws on examples from around the world to show how we can all work, play and live better by unleashing our inner tortoise.
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The Slow Fix (Corporate)

A quick fix is not always the wrong option. There are times when you have to channel MacGyver, reach for the duct tape and cobble together whatever solution works right now. But most problems we face today are too complex for instant remedies. Thats where the Slow Fix comes in. Carl spent two years traveling the world to research problem solving in business, politics, health and other domains. The result: a powerful recipe for thriving at work and beyond. In this keynote, Carl shows how to stop falling for quick fixes and start coming up with solutions that actually work.
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Slow Parenting: Raising Children in a Fast World (Parents and Teachers)

Childhood has come to resemble a race to perfection. Result: children, parents and teachers are all frazzled and unfulfilled. Thankfully, change is coming. A global movement (think Slow Education, Slow Families, Slow Parenting, Slow Kids, etc) is finding ways to give children the time and space to explore the world on their own terms, take reasonable risks, play freely, get bored, be children again. In this keynote, Carl explores this powerful drive to reinvent childhood for the 21st century, touching on themes ranging from technology and extracurricular activities to education, safety and consumerism. He shows how to strike the right balance between doing too much and doing too little for children, and how slowing down can help them reach their full potential (as well as making family life a lot more fun!).

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