The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. It began with Carlo Petrini’s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986 that sparked the creation of the slow food organization. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas, like Cittaslow (Slow Cities).
The World Institute of Slowness presented a vision for an entire “Slow Planet” and a need to teach the world the way of Slow. The Slow Movement is not organized and controlled by a single organization. A fundamental characteristic of the Slow Movement is that it is propounded, and its momentum maintained, by individuals who constitute the expanding global community of Slow. Excerpts from Wikipedia