Cecile Andrews is the author of the forthcoming Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Good Life, her latest look at how small groups can change the world and a fitting complement to her previous works, Less is More (New Society Publishers, 2009),  Slow Is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre (New Society Publishers, 2006), and The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life (HarperCollins, 1997). A former community college administrator, Cecile was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and affiliated scholar at Seattle University. Her work has been featured in the PBS video "Escape from Affluenza" and the TBS video "Consumed by Consumption" (featuring Cecile, Ed Begley Jr., Jane Fonda and Phyllis Diller) as well as CBSNews "Eye on America", New York Times, Seattle Times and Esquire. Cecile received her doctorate in education at Stanford University and gives workshops and presentations.

Media Coverage

Cecile has been featured in ...
  • Dan Rather’s “Eye on America” in CBS Evening News
  • NPR’s Morning Edition
  • CNN’s “Consumed by Consumption,”
  • The PBS documentary Escape from Affluena.
She has received coverage in...
  • The New York Times
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Esquire
  • The Boston Phoenix
  • The Boston Herald
  • The Village Voice
  • The Seattle Times
  • The San Jose Mercury
  • The Pasadena Weekly
  • The Detroit News

  • The Pioneer Press
  • Anne Arbor News
  • The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Seattle PI
  • Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures
  • The Rocky Mountain News
  • Vancouver Sun
  • David Freudberg’s NPR series, Humankind.

A Partial List of Presentations

  • Stanford University
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • Kellog Foundation
  • University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs (1998 and 1999)
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Seattle University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Washington Training and Development
  • University of Washington Women's Center
  • University of Washington Law School Staff Development
  • Community Colleges (various)
  • American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges
  • Federal Women's Programs
  • Rotary (various)
  • Society for Women in Mathematics
  • Society for Women in Computing
  • Society of Research Administrators
  • Overlake Hospital
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Palo Alto
  • KIRO Broadcasting Staff Development
  • Women's Business Exchange
  • Northwest Human Resource Management Association
  • Phinney Neighborhood Center
  • US Forest Service
  • UW School of Nursing
  • King County Nurses Association
  • Society of Research Administrators
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Puget Sound Educational Service District
  • Totem Girls Scout Council
  • Northwest Human Resource Management Association
  • Various high school groups
  • Junior League (various times)
  • Earth Ministries
  • Shoreline Parks and Recreation
  • King County Library System
  • Various Unitarian, Quaker, Congregational, Catholic, Baptist, Swedenborg, and Methodist groups
  • America Corps
  • The Environmental Educators Association
  • California Home Schoolers Association
Companies include...
  • Group Health
  • Metro
  • King County
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • US West
  • Boeing
  • Microsoft
  • The Seattle Times
  • Virginia Mason Hospital
  • Washington Athletic Club
  • Various Recyling Companies

Conference Presentations

  • University of Oregon’s Environmental Law conference
  • President’s Council on Sustainability
  • Town Meeting, Detroit, 1999
  • Washington State PTA
  • University of Washington Women in Engineering Conference (several times)
  • Washington Science Teachers' Annual Conference
  • Group Health, The Yin of Medicine
  • Women Physicians Conference (several times)
  • Puget Power Equal Opportunities in Science Teachers Conference
  • Federal Women's Conference (several years)
  • Women + Business (several years)
  • Women in Horticulture Conference
  • Expanding Your Horizons American Association of Women's annual conference to encourage girls to explore math and science(several years)
  • Northwest International Women's Conference
  • Evergreen Everwell Conference
  • Virginia Satire Conference
  • Women In Charge
  • Overlake Hospital Annual Women's Conference (several years)
  • Edmonds Writers Festival
  • NorthWest Book Fest (three years)
  • International Association of Liberal Religious Women


  • Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life, HarperCollins, New York, 1997
  • "Forward" in Lost Legacy: Inspiring Women of Nineteenth Century America, Susan Flagg Poole, Editor, Chrysalis Books, 1999
  • “Building Community,” in Simpler Living, Compassionate Life, Michael Schut, editor, The Morehouse Group, 1999
  • “Simplicity Study Circles and the Compulsive Shopper,” in I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self, April Benson, editor, Jason Aronson Inc. , 2000
  • “Liberation,” in 33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women, Suzanne Harper, editor, Crown Publishers, 2000 (Random House)
  • Women in Non-Traditional Vocational Training: A Case Study of Their Problems, Stanford University Dissertation, 1984

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