Oliver Burkeman – Keynote Speaker

A writer for The Guardian, and author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

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Specialist Subjects

  • Productivity
  • The upsides of negativity
  • uncertainty
  • failure and imperfection
  • Social psychology
  • Wellbeing


  • English


Oliver Burkeman is a best-selling author and keynote speaker. His books include Four Thousand Weeks, Time and How to Use It [Penguin Vintage, 2021] as well as The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking [Penguin Vintage, 2012] and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done [Penguin Vintage, 2011]. For many years Oliver wrote a popular weekly column on psychology for the Guardian, This Column Will Change Your Life. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Psychologies and New Philosopher. He has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment.

Four Thousand Weeks (the average lifespan of a human) is a New York Times best-seller and named one of the best books of 2021 by the Financial Times, The Times, The Observer, Audible, Time and Barnes & Noble. Here, Oliver explores why the central challenge of time management isn’t becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect; why, in an accelerating world, patience is a superpower and why, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges beats keeping your options open.

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