Juliet Schor is rethinking our approach to work — and making the case for a four-day work week.

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Juliet Schor is an economist and sociologist at Boston College whose research focuses on the intersection of work, consumer society and climate change. Author of the New York Times bestseller The Overworked American, she's particularly interested in exploring the human impact -- and effectiveness -- of current working practices, as well as figuring out new ways we might reconfigure business in the 21st century. She is currently leading an international team researching four-day work week trials in six countries. She's also done extensive research on the sharing and gig economies and looked at the link between working hours and high carbon emissions.

Schor's other books include After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back and Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. She has received numerous awards including Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships as well as the Leontief and Herman Daly prizes in economics.

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Wellbeing: Notes from Session 6 of TED2022

April 12, 2022

The feeling of wellbeing has been in short supply the last couple years. In Session 6 of TED2022, we took a crack at restocking that supply — featuring a return of Bill Gates to the TED stage (talking about how to make COVID the last pandemic), a compelling case for the four-day work week and […]

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