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Following the launch of his most recent book New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City, William (Bill) Powers has helped ignite a critical conversation around ecological sustainability and alternatives to the American culture-of-speed. With 51% of Americans describing themselves as “often stressed-out by modern life,” “overworked,” and “over-scheduled”, Bill’s writing and speaking has struck a chord with a large and diverse audience.
His current work in Bolivia offers a fascinating new dimension to his writing and decades of international development work. He is collaborating on the creation of an “ecological municipality” and leading ground-breaking research that brings Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) together with Bolivia’s vivir bien (“living well”) concept.
Bill’s writing and speaking has been covered by a range of outlets, including CNN, PBS, NPR, ABC News, NY Daily News, Forbes, Bloomberg, London Times, The Atlantic, Utne, and HuffPost Live. He has delivered hundreds of talks, including as a keynote speaker at Google in 2015, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Denver Council on Foreign Relations, Demos, Markit, Synergos, and at international conferences and major U.S. university campuses.
He is a dynamic and personable speaker who uses humor to engage his audience and share his experiences. William inspires, entertains, and leads thought-provoking discussions.
To request William Powers as a speaker, contact: [email protected]
Here is Bill’s talk at Google and his keynote at University of Central Florida global affairs conference on global security and the environment. Further below is a brief video on his speaking experience centered around the New York City launch of his book Twelve by Twelve.
Praise for Powers’ Speaking
“Bill Powers is EM Forster and Arundhati Roy wrapped into one extraordinary personality. Bill spent years deep in the Amazon to show the world that a living future for the Earth need not conflict with the quest for a better life. When he tells his story in speeches around the country the force of personality that made that stunning achievement possible is on full display: an irresistible combination of a very American sense of purpose with a worldly sophistication. It is power personified in uplifting speaking.” — Glenn Hurowitz, Washington Director, Avoided Deforestation Partners
“Bill Powers fills the room with contagious energy. He combines insight into complex problems with moving stories of the people who are affected by climate change and social violence. His tales from the remotest corners of the world humanize the good and the bad that come with globalization, and his message is powerful: our world is fragile and its fate is in the hands of every single human being.”
—Michele Wucker, author of Locked Out: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting it Right