Making Spaces of Awe and Restoration | Florence Williams | TEDxNavesink

06/05/2016 11:00:44

Japan has forest bathing; Korea has healing forests. Sicence has shown that time in nature makes us healthier, happier and more creative. How can cities make spaces of awe and restoration, and how can people be inspired to spend more time in them?

Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for National Geographic, the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones, and numerous other publications. She is currently working on a book about Nature and the Brain.

A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science. She has received many awards, including six magazine awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the John Hersey Prize at Yale.

Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History W.W. Norton 2012 received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times. She serves on the board of her favorite non-profit, High Country News, and lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

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