Carl Honoré is a Canadian journalist who wrote the internationally best-selling book about the Slow Movement: In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed (2005).

A loose and international effort by the harried and haggard to decelerate the pace of their lives, the Slow Movement spans everything from telecommunications (slow email) and health care (slow medicine) to diet (slow food) and public space (slow cities).

In Praise of Slowness plots the lineage of our speed-obsessed society. While it recognizes the difficulty of slowing down, it also highlights the successes of everyday people around the world who have found ways of doing it. Honoré traces his ‘aha’ moment to his son's bedtime, when Honore would race through storybooks -- skipping pages, reading portions of paragraphs -- to move things along. (He's since reformed.)

In 2008, he came out with a new book, Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, which promotes a more relaxed and more hands-off technique for raising and educating children: slow parenting.

Honoré was born in Scotland, but considers Edmonton his hometown. After he graduated from Edinburgh University with degrees in History and Italian, he worked with street children in Brazil, which inspired him to take up journalism. Since 1991, he has reported from all over Europe and South America, spending three years as a correspondent in Buenos Aires. His work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Observer, American Way, National Post, Globe and Mail, Houston Chronicle, and the Miami Herald.

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