Conrad Schmidt

Conrad Schmidt (born 1969) is a social activist, filmmaker and writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who is best known for his role in founding the Work Less Party of British Columbia and for creating the internationally known World Naked Bike Ride protest.


Schmidt was born and raised in South Africa and, in 1998, moved to Vancouver where he resides.

Community involvementEdit

In 2003, Schmidt organised a protest in which 50 demonstrators from Artists Against War formed a peace sign with their naked bodies to protest against possible US action in Iraq.[1] Schmidt created the international clothing-optional World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) in 2004.[2][3]

In 2003, Schmidt was a co-ordinator for the Work Less Party of British Columbia, a political party which advocates a 32-hour work week and reduced consumerism.[4]

Media activitiesEdit

Schmidt is the author of Workers of the World Relax: The Simple Economics of Less Industrial Work (ISBN 0973977205)[5] and Efficiency Shifting, and the director of the documentary, Five Ring Circus.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Associated Press (2005-02-23). "Demonstrators take it all off". The Spokesman-Review. pp. B3. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  2. ^ Meyer, Jim (Autumn 2005). "World Naked Bike Ride". Nude & Natural. The Naturist Society. 25 (1). Archived from the original on 10 August 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  3. ^ Walker, Ian (27 July 2007). "Buck-naked on a bike, all for a great cause". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ Burrows, Matthew. "Work Less goes to "Church"". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  5. ^ Burrows, Matthew (11 May 2006). "Work Less founder unveils book". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press. Retrieved 28 May 2009.

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