John de Graaf is a documentary filmmaker and the co-producer of the popular PBS special, AFFLUENZA. He is the co-author of AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC (2001) and of the upcoming WHAT’S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY? (Bloomsbury, 2011). He is the Executive Director of Take Back Your Time ( and has taught at The Evergreen State College. He lives in Seattle.

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Happiness: is it just a fad of the day or the wave of the future? On July 19th, 2011, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution urging governments across the globe to start measuring happiness and well-being “with a view to guiding public policy.” The UN recognizes that gross domestic product (GDP) is an insufficient […]

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