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

Speaking & Events

Past Events

Sep
25
,
2019
// Little Compton , RI
In this interactive talk and book-signing at the venerable Brownell Library, 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.

Jackson will draw from the new updated 2018 edition of her acclaimed classic Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention.

The first edition of Distracted was compared by Fast Company to Silent Spring for its far-sighted warnings of our current crisis of inattention. With a preface by Bill McKibben, the book sparked a global conversation on the steep costs of tech-induced distraction. Now Jackson’s work is “more essential than ever,” according to Nicholas Carr.

 Jackson 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.

Put down your devices and join the Attention Movement!

Jun
1
,
2019
// New York , New York

How can we share knowledge to create a more peaceful, just and inclusive society? How can we pay close attention to those who are unheard in our era of technological disconnection, vast income schisms, and political divides? These are issues that affect us all, no matter our economic or cultural place in society. This June, I am honored to be an invited guest expert at the summer New York session of the People’s University, a project of the Fourth World anti-poverty movement. Begun in France, Fourth World connects people across all walks of life globally so that diverse viewpoints can be shared on how to counter poverty and its many rippling effects on the environment, health, family relations, and communities. A highlight of their work is the People’s University, which is held three times a year in cities around the globe. This summer’s theme: technology’s impact on humanity. Free and Open to All!

212-228-1339 // 4thworldmovement.org // More Info
Apr
24
,
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!

Oct
14
,
2018
// Washington, D.C., DC

In this nationally broadcast Civil Dialogue on digital well-being hosted by Arena Stage in DC, Maggie Jackson will serve as a dialogue starter (panelist) for a dialogue on how we can re-envision our promising and yet often toxic relations with our machines. The free event is the sixth of a series hosted by Arena Stage this year.

The dialogues seek to provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan community to engage in discourse about major current issues. They also seek to demonstrate that people of very diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another.

To this event, Jackson will bring her growing expertise in the new arena of digital well-being, a notion of rising importance and interest today. How can we flourish as humans in a time of growing tech-induced disconnection and disillusionment? How can we create more healthy relationships with our devices, our robots, and the inescapable powerful invisible force that is the web?

Drawing from her groundbreaking book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attentionnow out in a new updated edition, Jackson will discuss the roots of our crisis of inattention and why our survival may depend on how we operate at the intersection of technology and attention.

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.

Sep
5
,
2018
// Cambridge , MA

In this livestreamed session on digital well-being at the Atlantic/Google Summit on Humanity + Tech, the author of Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention (Sept. 11, 2018) discusses what it means to flourish as humans in a digital world with Glen Murphy, the Google design head for user experience at Android and Chrome.

Why do we feel so conflicted about our tech-induced connectivity, the instant answers and social ties that we thought would make the world more peaceful, informed, and productive? How can we better control our barrages of social media and infostreams? In this fireside-style chat, Jackson and Murphy discuss the steps that tech companies are taking to help users restore lost boundaries between the digital and “real” worlds, and probe the next moves needed to make all players in the matrix more responsible. What are the new metrics for well-being in a digital world?

This session is part of a Summit at MIT Media Lab that will bring together tech experts, inventors, educators, critics, and digital natives for a day of debate, investigation, and questioning.

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.