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1 The Slow Movement Key: AWL to Study, Low-frequency Vocabulary Slow food is one aspect of the Slow Movement. What do you think the Slow Movement is?

2 Observation of Urban Centers obsession with speed:  speed dialing, speed dating, speed reading, speed walking, speed yoga Consumer culture and need for material gain leads to fast-paced, superficial lifestyles.  Individuals work longer hours and scramble to fit in as many activities as possible. Are consumer culture and long work hours prevalent in your country?

3 Speed is an Addiction Speed addiction  adrenaline rush and inevitable crash Kamei Hujui: Japanese trader  strong work ethic  when market collapsed, worked a 90+ hour workweek.  died of a heart attack at the age of 26. Do you think speed can be an addiction? Explain.

4 Stress from Overwork United States  Americans clock 10 more years of work hours per lifetime than Europeans. Canada  One in four employees works more than 50 hours per week. Consequences  lack of exercise and sleep  substance abuse  overindulgence in convenience food Canadian survey: 15% of workers contemplate suicide. How many hours per week do you think people should work? Explain.

5 Working Professionals Overburdened working professionals  fill up their personal planners with too many activities.  have no time to relax, reflect, and dream. Do you fill your schedule with numerous activities? Explain.

6 In Contrast The world’s great thinkers acknowledge the need for reflection and stillness.  Einstein contemplated the night sky. Most people get creative insight when they slow down and shift thinking into an alternative mode.  Hectic modern lifestyles make this a practical impossibility. Do you take time out of the day to reflect?

7 Origins of the Slow Movement The Slow Movement was a reaction to the glorification of speed. In Italy, Carlo Petrini  headed a demonstration against the opening of a McDonald’s.  founded the Slow Food Movement. If McDonald’s is fast food, what do you think slow food is?

8 The Slow Food Movement The Slow Food Movement opposes the global standardization of food. Advocates  diversity of international cuisine  leisurely, pleasure-filled dining experiences  organic farming and sustainable food production  fresh and local ingredients Why do you think that local and organic foods are advocated for by the Slow Food Movement?

9 Scope of the Movement Slow cities  population restricted to 50,000 Slow travel  displaces 10-city tour package Slow education  emphasis on pursuit of knowledge and joys of learning Slow work  flexible hours and less rigid schedules Do you support the Slow Movement? Why or why not?


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