Graham Hill

Founder, TreeHugger.com, VP Interactive, Discovery Planet Green
New York, NY, United States

About Graham

Bio

Entrepreneur, Do-Gooder and Designer, Graham enjoys variety although now finds his future happily confined to social entrepreneurship. Past businesses include forays into fashion, web-development, viral email and plant-based air filters. In 1995, with his cousin, he started and grew the web-developer, SiteWerks, to 60 people doing work for large companies such as Microsoft and sold it to a New York company in 1998. He currently focuses on pushing sustainability into the mainstream through TreeHugger.com, which in 3 short years had become one of the most respected and trafficked environmental sites on the web and was sold to Discovery in August of 2007. Additionally, he owns a product business that sells a New York souvenir he designed a few years ago into 300 stores including MOMA. Graham has a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa and did advanced studies in Industrial Design at E.C.I.A.D, Vancouver. Graham has lived all over the world and his biggest eco-sin is air travel (offset of course). He speaks English, French, German and Spanish and is addicted to squash and kitesurfing.

Languages

English, French, German, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008

Areas of Expertise

Web, Green

An idea worth spreading

campaign finance reform.
longer term thinking.
bicycles.
takoyaki.

I'm passionate about

kitesurfing. squash. do-gooding. design. small business.

Talk to me about

behavior change.

People don't know I'm good at

Backspins.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Graham Hill
Posted almost 3 years ago
Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
Absolutely! Sharing systems are a big part of LifeEdited...in fact critical. Check out The Mesh by Lisa Gansky and Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. With the sharing systems of the future, we can store less stuff at home, have more/better options, save cash and reduce our footprint. In 15 years, ownership of most things will be for suckers.
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Graham Hill
Posted almost 3 years ago
Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
Clearly, when you add more people/pets etc you need more space. As I say at the end "I'm not saying everyone has to live in 420 sft". We plan to do a slightly smaller one for a bachelor and a larger one for a couple with kids.
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Graham Hill
Posted almost 3 years ago
Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
I think this idea is mostly about being conscious of the decisions you make. You may still elect to have a bunch of x stuff, for example I love kitesurfing and will have a bunch of gear tucked away. Art is important to society and ideally should be part of every apartment. I'll definitely get some in there!
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Graham Hill
Posted almost 3 years ago
Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
I heard a great quote from, I believe, a Toronto architect: "Small fridges make great cities.". In other words, when people have to get out to the market, they interact more regularly and it makes the city more vibrant. Absolutely agreed on backpacking or travelling in general. You can pack light and then still realize that you didn't use a bunch of the stuff.