Jonathan Jackson is a brilliant thinker. He moves through life with an intentional and authentic nature that makes you curious about how his mind works. He sat with me for this epic 2+ hour conversation to share his reflections on his career, how he makes difficult decisions, what he’s learned about love and relationships, and much much more.
Behind His Brilliance: Love + His Village + Curiosity
JONATHAN JACKSON | Co-founder, Blavity + 2019 Nieman Fellow @ Harvard
Jonathan uses his voice and keyboard to agitate for things he thinks matter.
His first job was at LinkedIn, where I had a bunch of different jobs (peak millennial) across HR, Ad Operations, and Editorial.
His is a Co-Founder of Blavity, where he ran Corporate Brand and did a bunch of cool things around branding, strategic comms, community relations, and a bunch of other things.
He does limited consulting and strategy for brands and people with a voice and a heart.
He is currently a 2019 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University studying the emergence of black media domestically and abroad, along with the emergence of individuals as ‘media companies’, and how that is transforming the marketing and advertising industries.
How Jonathan landed at LinkedIn after 40 rejections
The most important things Jonathan learned about professional relationships in his early days
How and why Jonathan became a co-founder of Blavity
Jonathan’s perspective on change and transitions
Jonathan’s reflections on love, relationships, and friendships
How Jonathan thinks about designing a life and decision making
And much, much more!
STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
The Highly Sensitive Person in Love by Elaine Aron (Jonathan’s book pick)
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight (Jonathan’s book pick)