Olga Mecking

Author of Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Writer, Journalist, Contributor to the New York Times

Olga Mecking is a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the BBC, among others. Olga speaks five languages, and lives in the Netherlands with her husband and three children. Her first traditionally published book, forthcoming with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is titled Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing, and when not writing or thinking about writing, Olga can be found reading books, drinking tea, and niksening around.

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Keynote Lecture Topics

  • The Art of Doing Nothing

    Based on her book Niksen, Olga discusses the art and science of doing nothing, and why it is so good for us, yet so hard to do.

  • Why Parenting Has Failed

    Is the way we look at raising children all wrong? Too often, the struggles of parents and children are seen as a “parenting” problem, one that can be solved either by changing the child or the parent. But that’s just putting a Band-Aid on a much deeper issue: parent-shaming, lack of support, and super high expectations of parents.

  • Writing

    A discussion about getting published in prestigious magazines and newspapers, such as the New York Times and many others.


Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing

Forthcoming with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2021