John de Graaf is Executive Director of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada, and the co-founder and senior partner of The Happiness Initiative. He is a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and over-consumption in America. The co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, de Graaf's newest book, What's The Economy For, Anyway? Why It's Time To Stop Chasing Growth And Start Pursuing Happiness, was published in 2011. He is also the editor of Take Back Your Time(2003) and co-author of the children’s book, David Brower: Friend of the Earth (1992).

de Graaf has been an independent producer of television documentaries, many with environmental subjects, for 35 years. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in primetime nationally on Public Television. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for 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 produced the popular PBS specials, Running Out Of Time, an examination of overwork and time pressure in America, Affluenza, a humorous critique of American consumerism, Silent Killer, an examination of world hunger, and Buyer Be Fair, about the worldwide Fair Trade movement.

de Graaf has taught documentary film production at The University of Washington and The Evergreen State College. He has also taught about Time, Consumerism and Sustainability issues at The Evergreen State College. He is the recipient of the Founders of a New Northwest Award for his work in environmental media.

In 2005, he was the World Food Day George McGovern lecturer at the FAO in Rome. He is a member of the Earth Island Institute Board of Directors and a member of the Balaton Group on International Sustainability, which meets annually in Hungary, and a member of the steering committee of the Forum on Social Wealth. His current interest is in a campaign to measure happiness in American communities and colleges.

de Graaf is currently a member of the steering committee for the Simplicity Forum, a national think tank for the Voluntary Simplicity movement.

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