Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker. As the voice of the Slow Movement, he travels the world to teach people how to thrive in a fast world – by slowing down.
Whether running a small workshop or speaking to thousands from the stage, Carl is dynamic, inspiring, insightful and funny. His audiences range from C-suite executives, entrepreneurs and IT professionals to teachers, academics and medical practitioners. His clients range from Microsoft, Barclays and Reuters to Citibank, Accenture and Unilever to McKinsey, L’Oréal and Haagen Dazs. He also speaks to parents, teachers and pupils in schools around the world.
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 (ABC 1) called Frantic Family Rescue where he did the same for families in Australia. He hosts a podcast called The Slow Revolution and his TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed 2.9 million times.
Before spearheading the Slow Movement, Carl spent a decade working as a journalist. He covered 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.”
Carl’s third 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.
Carl’s latest book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives, is about ageing – how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It’s also a rallying cry against the last form of discrimination that dare speak its name: ageism.
Published in 34 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, Argentina’s 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. Bolder was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Reader’s Digest (UK) Book of the Month.
Carl is an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.
He lives in London. While researching his first book on slowness he was slapped with a speeding ticket.