New! My Talk at Google's 2018 I/O Conference on Building Healthier Relations with Technology

Speaking & Events

Upcoming Events

Sep
12
,
2018
// New York, NY

In this talk and book-signing at the venerable New York Society Library, the author of Distracted Maggie Jackson discusses  why we’re failing to solve one of the most pressing problems of our time: the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, innovate, and care for one another.

The first edition of Distracted was compared by Fast Company to Silent Spring for its far-sighted warnings of our current crisis of inattention. Now in an updated edition with an incisive new preface, Jackson offers both a renewed wake-up call and a path forward as we reckon with epidemic distraction.

In this lecture and Q&A, she will discuss how we can at last harness the technological marvels of our age and turn data into knowledge and distraction into skillful attention. We must, Jackson argues, curb technological excess by cultivating the full gamut of our attentional capabilities. We must look first to the human behind the device.

Feb
13
,
2019
// New York, NY

Today we are lost in the instant and drowning in distraction. How can families cultivate focus and connection in an era of overload? How can busy parents teach young digital natives the skills of attention and reflection that matter more than ever? Join Distracted author Maggie Jackson, a renowned expert on tech-life balance, for an eye-opening talk. She will discuss the roots of our split-screen culture, the latest science on the mind, and workable ways for all generations to thrive as humans today. Jackson will draw from the new updated edition of her acclaimed book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention (Sept. 2018) and her book-in-progress on uncertainty as opportunity in a darkening time. Put down your devices and join the Attention Movement!

Past Events

Jul
31
,
2018
// Chautauqua, N.Y.

What is a spirituality of work in an age of reactivity, automation, and acceleration? How can we preserve our humanity and strive to think at our highest cognitive potential in an age of snap judgment? Designed to explore issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives, the Interfaith Lectures at the venerable Chautauqua Institution attracts listeners in the thousands. My lecture will draw from my forthcoming book on uncertainty as the gateway to good thinking in an age of snap judgment as well as my research for new updated edition of Distractedto be published in fall 2018.

May
10
,
2018
// Mountain View, CA

For the first time, Google is inviting external speakers to its biggest annual event: the I/O Conference for 7500 developers from around the world. In a keynote session, Maggie Jackson will share her expertise on technology’s impact on humanity in a fireside chat with Adam Alter, Professor of Psychology at NYU, and Google’s head of Chrome and Android UX, Glen Murphy. They will discuss why enabling a healthy tech-life balance is important, and what can be done when building apps and services to make healthier products.

Apr
19
,
2018
// Jamaica, N.Y.

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? How can we, in short, get along together again? 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.  The talk is hosted by Nicholas Githuku and the  York History and Philosophy Departments.

Mar
23
,
2018
// St. Paul, Minnesota

How can we find careers that we love in an uncertain world? How can we find focus day to day and over the course of our working lives? In this Connect Chat Lunch with students at Macalester College, Maggie Jackson will draw on her career as an award-winning national columnist, social critic, and author and her writings on modern life to illuminate some of the essential guideposts for finding work that is rewarding socially and spiritually. Rather than seek certainty and security, she counsels, be willing to explore. That is a secret of successful executives, the most brilliant scientists, and the most creative people in any profession.

Oct
26
,
2017
// New York, NY

How can families stay focused and connected in an era of speed, overload and distraction? How can busy parents teach young digital natives the skills of attention and reflection that matter more than ever? Join Distracted author and international expert Maggie Jackson for an eye-opening talk on the historic roots of our split-screen, time-splicing culture, the latest scientific findings on the mind, and workable ways for all generations to thrive as humans today.

Apr
4
,
2017
// New York, New York,

What is Digital Literacy today and how are children’s skills of deep reading developing in a fragmented, hurried world? Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted, joins the Children and Media course taught by Mary Rothschild of http://www.healthymediachoices.org to speak about the fractured experience of digital reading, the multitasking environment in which we read and the impact of such fragmentation on children’s ability to read deeply. Hyper-fractured pages with less-relevant links – a staple of kids’ e-books and web sites – lower comprehension and recall, even sowing confusion among young readers, just as cluttered physical classrooms have been shown to do. A key overlooked question, as well, is how our rose-colored views of technology are impacting the teaching and attainment of literacy. Parents who are wow’ed by bells and whistles influence children’s choices.

Oct
27
,
2016
// New York, New York

Mind in the Making: Reflection and the Artisan in the Material World

How do the worlds of reflection and workmanship – two human endeavors rarely, if ever, considered together – intersect, align, and collide? This talk will investigate the reflective mind’s largely unexamined role in artisanal practices once dismissed as tacit and “unthinking,” as well as the potential for considered thought itself to be newly envisioned as a skill-based practice. Expanding our treatment of ‘making as knowing’ can offer a new lens with which to appraise the nature of intellectual flourishing at a high-stakes moment in humanity’s relations with the material world.

Oct
8
,
2016
// Columbia, Md.

Featured Keynote  to National Association of Montessori Teachers (NAMTA) Fall Conference

A talk on asking the right questions of technology, role modeling for coming generations a wise balance between human and machine, and drawing on the forgotten bonds between workmanship and higher-order thinking. Look ahead to a reflective, connective, and focused future.

 

Mar
21
,
2016
// Tiverton, RI

Author Visit to the Tiverton, RI Library

“Lost in the Instant: Recouping Focus and Reflection in a Tech-Driven Age”

Feb
29
,
2016
// New York , New York

Opening Keynote

In a world of multitasking and wildly fragmented attention spans, how can the media world adapt? Maggie Jackson, author of “Distracted,” shows how to break through the barrage of electronic media to craft slow, deliberate thinking.