TED Radio Hour: Why We Should Slow Down

TED speakers explore why it’s important to slow down

On the NPR TED Radio Hour Sunday 28th of August 6pm

We’re always asked to be faster and more precise. But what can we learn from slowing down, even procrastinating? In this hour, TED speakers explore why taking it slow is hard but crucial for all of us.

Thomas Hellum is a Norwegian TV producer, Thomas describes why his programs (which feature hours of train rides, fishing, and knitting) help viewers slow down and return to life in 'real time’.

Psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down, even procrastinate, tend to be more creative, original thinkers.

Blogger Tim Urban explains his process of extreme procrastination in which his brain wages war between instant gratification and the moment of pure panic just before a deadline.

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says one path to happiness is ten minutes, Andy says we need to stop and enjoy the sensation of doing nothing. 

Lakshmi Pratury discusses the painstaking time it takes to pen a letter. She talks of the dozens of letters she received from her father, while he was alive.

Video artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo describes how his deliberate, slow-moving installations encourage people to stop and think.