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Maggie Jackson


Award-winning journalist & author of Distracted: Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention.

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Praise for Maggie Jackson...

  • “Prescient when it originally appeared, Maggie Jackson's Distracted is now more essential than ever. This new edition deserves your full attention.”

    –Nicholas Carr, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Shallows


  • “Wonderful presentation! You hit a home run. One of our attendees wrote on her evaluation, 'Maggie Jackson was cutting-edge, counter-culture and interesting. Love it.' We greatly appreciate the time you spent with us.”

    –Susan Edwards, chair and dean of academic affairs and honors programs, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


  • “Maggie has the rare gift of being both an eloquent writer and public speaker, and she's been a valuable resource to us as intellectual mentor, advisor and on-stage presenter.”

    –Rick Segal, President Worldwide, GyroHSR


  • “Eighteen back-to-back keynotes and presentations, but it was when Maggie Jackson spoke that I found myself taking notes as fast as my fingers would allow. No PowerPoints. No flashy videos masking the message. Maggie just talks. And people listen.”

    –John M. Fox, author of the Marketing Playbook



Maggie Jackson: Speech Topics


① LOST IN AN INSTANT | ② GETTING ALONG AGAIN

① Lost in the Instant: Finding Focus and Connection in an Age of Overload and Distraction


Our attention is embattled as never before, hijacked by “smart” software, undermined by relentless info-streams, and diluted by our own split-focus efforts to keep up with it all. How can we reclaim our focus, wake up to what matters, and once again manage our devices and our days? In this talk from the author who sounded the first warnings of our crisis of distraction, we learn the secrets to rekindling our highest human capacity, the key to good problem-solving, creativity, and human bonds. Drawing on exciting discoveries from the new science of attention, Maggie Jackson reveals what is at risk in this era of always-on connectivity and the secrets to turning data into knowledge and distraction into masterful attention. She offers both a wake-up call and a path forward as we reckon with one of the most pressing problems of our time.

② Getting Along Again: An Antidote to Intolerance in a Divided Age


In an era of echo-chamber news, social media flame wars, and rising divisions, how can we respect and value even extreme differences with others? Drawing from an astonishing chapter in US history and the latest in cognitive science, Maggie Jackson tells of a legendary friendship between a KKK leader and a civil rights activist that can help reveal the steps we can take to heal our divisions today. In this talk, we learn the ripple effects across communities of tiny acts of tolerance and discover why opening our gated minds makes us more creative, flexible thinkers in all walks of life. Jackson’s words tell a simple story: of seeing possibility where we least expect it in thought, in others, in the world.


Maggie Jackson: Books


Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

In Distracted, journalist Maggie Jackson ponders our increasingly cyber-centric world and fears we're entering a dark age of interruption that will render us unable to think critically, work creatively or cultivate meaningful relationships … ➡︎
What's Happening to Home: Balancing Work, Life and Refuge in the Information Age

In our modern world, where technology offers the promise of mobility and flexibility, the lines between work and home become increasingly blurred. In What's Happening To Home? Jackson explores the ever-changing role of home in our lives … ➡︎

Maggie Jackson: Bio



      

Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist known for her penetrating writings on social trends, particularly technology’s impact on humanity.

Her acclaimed book Distracted sparked a global conversation on the steep costs to our tech-centric, attention-deficient modern lives. With a foreword by Bill McKibben, the book reveals the scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus in a world of overload. Named a Best Summer Book by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and featured in media worldwide, Distracted offers a “richly detailed and passionately argued … account of the travails facing an ADD society” (Publishers Weekly) and “concentrates the mind on a real problem of modern life” (The Wall Street Journal).

Jackson's commentary and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and on National Public Radio, among many other publications across the globe. Her essays feature in numerous anthologies, including State of the American Mind: Sixteen Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism (Templeton, 2015) and The Digital Divide: Arguments For and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking (Penguin, 2011).

She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including Media Awards from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board and the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and three Front Page Awards from the Women’s Press Club of New York. For a National Public Radio segment on the lack of labor protections offered to child newspaper carriers, she was a finalist for a Hillman Prize, one of journalism’s highest honors for social justice reporting. Jackson has served as an affiliate of the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto; a Journalism Fellow in Child and Family Policy at the University of Maryland; and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. Her website has been named a Forbes Top 100 Site for Women three times.

Jackson’s work and thought have been featured in media worldwide, and she is a sought-after speaker, appearing at Harvard Business School, the New York Public Library, the annual invitation-only Forbes CMO summit, the Simmons and other top women’s leadership conferences, and other corporations, libraries, hospitals, schools, religious organizations, and bookstores. A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors, Jackson lives with her family in New York and Rhode Island.

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MAGGIE JACKSON


Award-winning journalist & author of Distracted: Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Lost in the Instant: Finding Focus and Connection in an Age of Overload and Distraction

Our attention is embattled as never before, hijacked by “smart” software, undermined by relentless info-streams, and diluted by our own split-focus efforts to keep up with it all. How can we reclaim our focus, wake up to what matters, and once again manage our devices and our days? In this talk from the author who sounded the first warnings of our crisis of distraction, we learn the secrets to rekindling our highest human capacity, the key to good problem-solving, creativity, and human bonds. Drawing on exciting discoveries from the new science of attention, Maggie Jackson reveals what is at risk in this era of always-on connectivity and the secrets to turning data into knowledge and distraction into masterful attention. She offers both a wake-up call and a path forward as we reckon with one of the most pressing problems of our time.


② Getting Along Again: An Antidote to Intolerance in a Divided Age

In an era of echo-chamber news, social media flame wars, and rising divisions, how can we respect and value even extreme differences with others? Drawing from an astonishing chapter in US history and the latest in cognitive science, Maggie Jackson tells of a legendary friendship between a KKK leader and a civil rights activist that can help reveal the steps we can take to heal our divisions today. In this talk, we learn the ripple effects across communities of tiny acts of tolerance and discover why opening our gated minds makes us more creative, flexible thinkers in all walks of life. Jackson’s words tell a simple story: of seeing possibility where we least expect it in thought, in others, in the world.


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BIO


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Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist known for her penetrating writings on social trends, particularly technology’s impact on humanity.

Her acclaimed book Distracted sparked a global conversation on the steep costs to our tech-centric, attention-deficient modern lives. With a foreword by Bill McKibben, the book reveals the scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus in a world of overload. Named a Best Summer Book by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and featured in media worldwide, Distracted offers a “richly detailed and passionately argued … account of the travails facing an ADD society” (Publishers Weekly) and “concentrates the mind on a real problem of modern life” (The Wall Street Journal).

Jackson's commentary and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and on National Public Radio, among many other publications across the globe. Her essays feature in numerous anthologies, including State of the American Mind: Sixteen Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism (Templeton, 2015) and The Digital Divide: Arguments For and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking (Penguin, 2011).

She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including Media Awards from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board and the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and three Front Page Awards from the Women’s Press Club of New York. For a National Public Radio segment on the lack of labor protections offered to child newspaper carriers, she was a finalist for a Hillman Prize, one of journalism’s highest honors for social justice reporting. Jackson has served as an affiliate of the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto; a Journalism Fellow in Child and Family Policy at the University of Maryland; and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. Her website has been named a Forbes Top 100 Site for Women three times.

Jackson’s work and thought have been featured in media worldwide, and she is a sought-after speaker, appearing at Harvard Business School, the New York Public Library, the annual invitation-only Forbes CMO summit, the Simmons and other top women’s leadership conferences, and other corporations, libraries, hospitals, schools, religious organizations, and bookstores. A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors, Jackson lives with her family in New York and Rhode Island.


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