About Carl

carl2Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker (2 million views). He is also a globetrotting ambassador for the Slow Movement. The Wall Street Journal called him “an in-demand spokesman on slowness.”

After working with street children in Brazil, he covered Europe and South America for publications ranging from the Economist and Observer to the Miami Herald, Time and National Post (Canada).

DaVita InstagramHis 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, was hailed by Time as the “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.”

His latest book is called The Slow Fix. It explores how to solve problems in every walk of life, from business and politics to health and relationships, without falling for short-term, superficial quick fixes.

carl (2)Translated into 35 languages, Carl’s 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 new Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina’s version of Big Brother and a Motorola tablet advertisement. Under Pressure was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.

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

196 copyOn top of writing, broadcasting and giving interviews about the Slow Movement, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops. His TED talk has been viewed 2 million times.

Carl is on the Advisory Board of Jack Media, which makes a “Slow” messaging app. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.

Carl has been described as:

“The global guru on the Slow Movement.” Globe and Mail

“The unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” Huffington Post

“Inarguably the world’s leading evangelist for what has become known as the Slow Movement.” The Sunday Edition (CBC)

“The godfather of the Slow Movement.” ABC TV News

“An international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” Newsweek

“An in-demand spokesman on slowness.” The Wall Street Journal

Speaking at Ciudad de las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico

Carl lives in London with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he plays slow sports like…ball-hockey and squash.


Listen to Carl’s Inheritance Tracks on BBC Radio 4 (where he talks about one song he inherited and one he aims to bequeath)….

Listen to Carl talk about his TED talk on NPR’s TED Radio Hour….

Read Carl’s Career Confessions….163 copy

Read about five books that shaped Carl’s thinking on Slow…

Read about Carl’s hockey-heavy childhood in Edmonton, Alberta…

Download 20 TIPS for slowing down

Carl habla español.

Carl parle français.

Carl fala português.

Carl parla italiano.


Taking one for the team...580866_10150797075921318_290166789_n


London town





Sketch by Spanish newspaper