Carl Honoré loves words: the way they appear on the page, the music they make when spoken and their power to change the world.

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Carl Honoré's life is shaped by his curiosity, his love of language, and his desire to make the world better. After graduating university, he worked with children living on the street in Brazil, and then spent a decade as a journalist covering South America and Europe before switching to writing books. His first three (In Praise of SlownessUnder Pressure and The Slow Fix) took on our modern cult of speed. His newest, Bolder, takes on the cult of youth.  

Along the way, Honoré has given hundreds of talks, made radio and TV shows and become the voice of the "Slow Movement," which has inspired readers around the world to downshift into a more relaxed, contemplative and richly savored lifestyle. His books have been translated into over 35 languages.

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A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup

May 21, 2019

With TEDSummit 2019 just two months away, it’s time to unveil the first group of speakers that will take to the stage in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 21-25. Three years ago, more than 1,000 members of the TED global community convened in Banff, Canada, for the first-ever TEDSummit. We talked about the fracturing state of […]

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Four new books by TEDGLOBAL 2005 speakers

July 21, 2008

Four of the speakers that participated in the first TEDGLOBAL in Oxford (July 2005) have all published new books recently. Former Afghani minister and head of Kabul University Ashraf Ghani (watch his TEDtalk), together with Clare Lockhart, has penned “Fixing Failed States: A Framework For Rebuilding A Fractured World“. They discuss the “between forty and […]

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Carl Honore on

February 20, 2007

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives. Get TED delivered:Subscribe to the TEDTalks video podcast via RSS >>Subscribe to the iTunes video podcastSubscribe to the iTunes audio podcastGet updates […]

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