John de Graaf

John de Graaf is a filmmaker, author, president of Take Back Your Time, and a board member of Earth Island Institute.

Guilty until proven innocent

How dirty media brought down Oregon’s clean-energy governor and his activist fiancée

John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes were hounded out of the governor's mansion by a newspaper editorial board that didn't like their climate activism.


That time Lyndon Johnson made a killer case against unbridled growth

Fifty years ago, LBJ gave an amazing speech arguing that America shouldn't pursue economic growth but rather community, nature, leisure time, and happiness.


Are you happier than other Grist readers? Take this survey to find out

Our obsession with GDP is taking a heavy toll on our health, social connections, leisure time, and the environment. It's time for a new focus: happiness.