John de Graaf, Outreach Director of The Happiness Initiative, has produced more than fifteen national PBS documentary specials and is the co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and co-author of What's The Economy For, Anyway? He has taught at Evergreen State College and serves on the board of Earth Island Institute. His new initiative is the Make America Beautiful Again campaign. He can be reached through his website: www.johndegraaf.com
By John de Graaf, Front Porch Republic
In my view, the most glaring omission in the GND is its lack of any challenge to consumerism and our current obsession with economic growth.
By John de Graaf, Common Dreams
Bob Sampayan believes in the transformational power of beauty. Now in his sixties, Sampayan is the mayor of Vallejo, California, a primarily working-class city at the north end of San Francisco Bay.
By Richard Heinberg, John de Graaf, Post Carbon Institute
What will consumerism be like in a post fossil fuels future?
By John de Graaf, The Daly News
Jefferson and other American revolutionary leaders including Washington, Adams and Franklin all believed that the main purpose of government was increasing the happiness of its citizens.
By John de Graaf, Solutions
America's health care system is more expensive by 40–60 percent than health care systems in any other industrialized country (it makes up nearly half the health care budget of the entire world), but the results it produces are arguably the worst of the group.