John De Graaf is an independent film producer at Public Television in Seattle. He produced the films “Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic” and “Escape from Affluenza” 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 that Forum’s “Take Back Your Time Day” initiative since 2003. Read John’s series of Lenten sermons on that subject.
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.
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. His current interest is in a campaign to measure happiness in American communities and colleges, the topic of the next podcast episode.
John’s Colleagues: Tim Kasser (The High Price of Materialism), Juliet Schor (The Overworked American), Vicki Robin (Your Money or Your Life), Francis Moore Lappe (Small Planet Institute), Anders Hayden (Sharing the Work: Sparing the Planet).
Other mentions in this episode:Earth Overshoot Day
Running Out of Time: The growing problems of “time famine” and overwork
Simple Living Works! podcast