Speakers

Experts affiliated with Take Back Your Time can be made available as guest speakers at your event.

To make a request, or for more information, please contact John de Graaf: john@takebackyourtime.org

John de Graaf, President and Co-Founder, Take Back Your Time

John de Graaf is President and Co-Founder of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty, and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (www.takebackyourtime.org) as well as co-founder of The Happiness Initiative (www.happycounts.org). He is a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and overconsumption in America. John is the co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (2001, 2005, 2014). His book, What's the Economy For, Anyway? Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness, was published in 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).

John has been an independent producer of television documentaries for 35 years. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on Public Television. He is the recipient of more than 100 regional, national, and international awards for film-making. The de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, named in his honor, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California. He produced the popular PBS specials, Running Out of Time, an examination of overwork and time pressure in America; Affluenza, a humorous critique of American consumerism; Silent Killer, an examination of world hunger; and Buyer Be Fair, about the worldwide Fair Trade movement.

John de Graaf

Cecile Andrews, Board Chair

Cecile Andrews is the author of The Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Good Life, reflecting on how small groups can change the world. This book complements her previous works, Less is More (New Society Publishers, 2009), Slow Is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre (New Society Publishers, 2006), and The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (HarperCollins, 1997). A former community college administrator, Cecile was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and affiliated scholar at Seattle University. Her work has been featured in the PBS video "Escape from Affluenza" and the TBS video "Consumed by Consumption," featuring Cecile, Ed Begley Jr., Jane Fonda and Phyllis Diller. Ms. Andrews has also been featured on CBS News' "Eye on America", in the New York Times, Seattle Times and Esquire. Cecile received her doctorate in education at Stanford University and gives workshops and presentations.

Cecile Andrews

Joe Robinson, Trainer and Author

Joe Robinson is a work-life balance and stress management trainer, and speaker. He is the author of Work to Live, a road map out of burnout and overload, and founder of Optimal Performance Strategies (www.worktolive.info), which conducts work-life and stress management trainings and workshops. He has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News and All Things Considered, among others, to discuss how Americans can break out of the burnout trap, work smarter and start working to live. His commentaries on the workplace are featured on the public radio program, Marketplace. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Utne, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur. He is the author of Don't Miss Your Life, which details the skills, science and spirit of the missing link to happiness: engaged experience (www.dontmissyourlife.net). He founded the Smash Stress Campaign to take on the nation's invisible $1 trillion stress epidemic with a stress prevention movement.

Joe Robinson