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Speaker Brigid Schulte
Director, Better Life Lab at New America / Abe Journalist Fellow (2017)
When Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where Sakura Hall, 2nd Floor, The Japan Foundation
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo Access

The Harvard psychologist Erik Erikson said the richest and fullest lives make time for the three great arenas of life: work, love and play. Yet in the United States and Japan, a long work hours culture and the demands of a tech-connected 24/7 global economy are making people sick, sometimes to the point of death. Women, despite increasing education and participation in the labor market, are still expected to be the primary caregivers, leading to lives of time pressure and overwhelm. The absence of family supportive policy in the case of the United States, or policy in name only in Japan heightens work-life tensions. And in both countries, there is a strong notion that leisure is an unproductive waste of time. So what does the Good Life look like? And how do we get from here to there? Journalist and author Brigid Schulte talks about her work to better understand the root causes of work-life conflict, and the work of the Better Life Lab at New America to solve it.

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Brigid Schulte Brigid Schulte is a journalist, think tank director and author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, gender and modern life, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, which named one of the notable books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, and won the Virginia Library Association’s literary nonfiction award. She was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine for nearly 17 years and was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. She now serves as the director of the Better Life Lab, the work-life, gender equality and social policy program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank. The Better Life Lab uses data, storytelling, practical solutions and policy analysis to highlight how redesigning work, work-life enrichment, gender equity and well-designed family policies are keys to excellence, productivity and innovation, as well as full, authentic and meaningful lives for everyone. She hosts the forthcoming Better Life Lab podcast on Slate’s Panoply network. Visit her website ( for resources and sign up for her occasional newsletter on the art and science of The Good Life. And follow her on twitter @BrigidSchulte

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