The Substance in Living Simply
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Featuring William Powers, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute; Author, New Slow City Americans are addicted to work. Despite striving for work-life balance, America is permeated with a culture of ‘total work,’ as nearly 40 percent of employees clock in more than 50 hours a week. To challenge this ethos, William Powers spent a year living in a Manhattan ‘micro-apartment’ while working 20-hour weeks. This message of simplicity has also been heard in Bolivia—Powers’ new home—where the official policy of “vivir bien” encourages lives of harmony and balance. In a world where millennials are encouraged to do more, have more, and be more, can living with less ultimately mean having more? What role can policymakers and employers play in shaping a more balanced urban life? William Powers’ latest book, New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar following the program.