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Champions of Simple Living Today

Posted on: October 5, 2013

thJohn de Graaf is a co-founder and senior partner of The Happiness Initiative. He was a member of the International Group advising the country of Bhutan on its Happiness report to the United Nations.

Hear part two of my two-part interview with John on The Common Good Podcast, episode 40. Part one dealt with the films and book Affluenza on episode 39.

He has been an independent producer of television documentaries for 35 years and is the recipient of more than 100 regional, national, and international awards in 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.

hi_logoHis current interest is in a campaign to measure and promote happiness in American communities and colleges. John spoke at Eastern Washington University, February, 2013, for Pursuit of Happiness Week, part of the growing Happiness Initiative.

Take the Happiness Counts survey based on the Domestic Happiness Index.

He is a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and overconsumption in America. He produced “Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger.” In 2005 John was the World Food Day George McGovern lecturer at the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

safe_imageJohn De Graaf works as an independent film producer at Public Television in Seattle. He produced the Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and Escape from Affluenza films and coauthored the Affluenza book. The 3rd edition of the book is scheduled for release Dec., 2013. He is a founding member of the Simplicity Forum and serves as national coordinator of the forum’s Take-Back-Your-Time-Day initiative since 2003. Read John’s series of Lenten sermons on that subject.

9781608195107Read a recent review of Dave Batker’s and John’s recent book WHAT’S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY? Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness.

MORE Champions of Simple Living Today

Vicki Robin: Simple Living Forum + Vicki’s Vision (audio)

Green America: Powerful Online Shopping Guide

Carol Holst: Are You a PostConsumer?

Cecile Andrews: Simplicity Circles | Spirit of Simplicity

Bob Sitze: Simply Enough columnist

Christine and Tom Sine: Mustard Seed Associates

Lee Van Ham: Unmasking the Gods of the Economy

Duane Elgin: Lifestyle of the Future?

Juliet Schor: Plentitude

Wanda UrbanskaSimple Living (PBS series)

Herald Press: Living More with Less

Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne

You’re welcome to recommend others.

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