Thursday, September 23, 2010

21 Hours - Why a Shorter Working Week Can Help Us All to Flourish in the 21st Century

According to the The New Economics Foundation (NEF) in Britain, a ‘normal’ working week of 21 hours could help to address a range of urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and simply to enjoy life.

NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. Their goal is to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. They work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

To download the free 40 page pdf of the 21 hour workweek, click HERE.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Gross National Happiness Conference in Vermont

John de Graaf spoke at the Gross National Happiness conference in Vermont this week. John is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada (see He is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. John has written two other books and numerous magazine articles and has been active in promoting GNH. He has worked for 33 years as a filmmaker with 15 films shown in prime time on PBS. His latest film, What's the Economy for, Anyway? was shown at the GNH 2010 conference.

Gross National Happiness USA envisions a sustainable future, based on the use of a comprehensive set of social progress indicators that reflects our American values and truly supports life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In general, those who work a shorter workweek are happier, as they have more time for friends, family, pets and themselves. People for a Shorter Workweek supports GNH-USA, and we encourage you to check out their web site to learn more about this organization.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Reducing Work Time as a Path to Sustainability

Worldwatch Institute, a globally-focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C., has a new publication - State of the World 2010 - Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability. Sixty renowned researchers and practitioners describe how to reorient cultures toward sustainability. In this publication, there is a essay entitled Reducing Work Time as a Path to Sustainability, written by John de Graaf. John is the Executive Director of Take Back Your Time, a documentary filmmaker and co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. To view this essay, click HERE and scroll down to the section, THE POWER OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.