Maggie Jackson

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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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 essays, commentary, and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New Philosopher, 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).

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). An updated edition will be published in late 2018.

Jackson is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including Media Awards from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board; the Massachusetts Psychological Association; and 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 has been a featured speaker 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. Find her at

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.