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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 The New York Times, Business Week, Utne, and on National Public Radio. Her acclaimed book Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age jumpstarted a global conversation on the steep costs of fragmenting our attention. A 2016 Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellow, she is a past affiliate of the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto, and a former journalism fellow in child and family policy at the University of Maryland. Her forthcoming book The Handmade Mind (Penguin '17) will explore the craftsmanship of considered thought in an age of speed.
Concentration and engagement are the guideposts for our work, yet now more than ever we see children who are distracted and unable toconnect to the right activity that will fully capture their attention and aid them in developing their full capacity. We have the tools to help children integrate mind and body, to concentrate despite distractions, and to engage in positive social interactions, but we need help to find the “hook” that opens the door for children.