New! 2016 Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellow

Biography

Photo Credit: Karen Smul

Photo Credit: Karen Smul

“I write about the crucial intangibles of life – home, attention, reflection – that we often overlook in a technological age, and I search for ways to counterbalance the restlessness, speed, complexity and machine-centric nature of our times with calm, reverence, lucidity and humanity. I am not a Luddite, nor am I entranced by technology. I consider myself a user with eyes wide open, and someone who is constantly asking: what kind of humans do we want to be, today and in future?”

Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and former Boston Globe columnist known for her penetrating coverage of social issues, especially technology’s impact on humanity. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications worldwide, including the The New York TimesBusiness WeekUtne, and on National Public Radio.

Her acclaimed book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, jumpstarted our global conversation on the steep costs of fragmenting our attention. With a foreword by Bill McKibben, the book reveals the astonishing scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus in a world of overload. The book is the “influential” book on distraction (New Yorker), 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” (Wall Street Journal).

Jackson’s first book, What’s Happening to Home? Balancing Work, Life and Refuge in the Information Age, examined the loss of home as a refuge.

A 2016 Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellow, Jackson has won numerous awards for her writings, including the prestigious Media Award from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board. A past affiliate of the Institute of the Future (Palo Alto), she was the 2014 Scholar in Residence at the Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia); a 2005-2006 journalism fellow in child and family policy at the University of Maryland, and a senior fellow (2008-2012) at the Center for Talent Innovation (New York). A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors, she lives in New York city.