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Courtney E. Martin

Writer and quality-of-life thought leader

Courtney E. Martin

Writer and quality-of-life thought leader

Biography

Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. She has been called “one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers” by Parker Palmer, and her writing has been described as “varied, transformational, and necessary for us all” by Jane Fonda and “a hardcover punch in the gut” by Arianna Huffington.

Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are redefining the American dream (more fulfillment, community, and fun; less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney has authored or edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women.

Courtney is the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also cofounder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com. Her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland.