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Maggie Jackson is an award-winning journalist and author most recently of Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention(Second Edition, Prometheus, 2018). Compared to Silent Spring (Fast Company) for its prescient warning of a looming crisis of inattention, Distracted explores the steep costs to fragmenting our focus in a digital age and the groundbreaking discoveries that can help us rekindle our capacity for sustained attention. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio and other publications around the globe. A former Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellow (2016) and graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics (with highest honors), she is currently writing a book on uncertainty as the gateway to good thinking in an age of snap judgment. A sought-after lecturer on topics related to distraction and technology’s impact on humanity, Jackson has spoken at Google, Harvard Business School, Emory University, UCDavis, and other educational, corporate and non-profit institutions worldwide.
Watch below as Maggie discusses the erosion of attention in the world today: