Son of an immigrant Afro-Caribbean from Jamaica and an African American from Detroit. Both parents are Educators. I have 3 siblings and my familial experience has been marked by a pretty international background. As a child I was not allowed to eat a lot of candy, watch too much TV, go out on my own two much, and I was raised in a household where children were children and adults were adults and that was that. However, as a kid I was free to read any book in the house, watch any news program, practice to piano ad infinitum, go to church as much as we wanted, and go almost anywhere with my parents. My siblings and I were raised by two traditional parents and by God indirectly. Still in my parents and in our upbringing we were surrounded by an urban flair, Motown, the Jamaican heritage, the racial world, and my parents freely and seamlessly took us around the country and even around the world to visit family, to watch cricket, and to pursue our own individual passions. This is what I learned from my Parents more than Biblical tenets of living or than the strict order of discipline and diligence; no amount of rules, order, discipline etc. can stifle your passions... if anything they can only set them more ablaze and perhaps even equip you to more successfully pursue them, at the right times, in the right way. Now I'm a student at Northwestern University studying political science/ political theory and African studies and my passion is always put to use. Whether my focus is development theory, moral philosophy, government, or critical race theory, my background and my life define my pursuit of a better world for me and all others. No matter how much or how little there was in my household at any given time, whether resources or freedom, I was raised with 3 other people, awesome people. I have one brother and two sisters and we carried each other through good and bad. At the core, people and one's own person are always indivisible, unbreakable, undeniable and eternally essential. Whether I'm looking at political landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa in the context of post-colonial development, working at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management teaching Business and Entrepreneurship to high school students, organizing activities or groups on campus, it's about the people - group or individual. What can this do for the person? Through this, what can the person do for the other? How would this impact me? I often tell my students at the LEAD Program at Kellogg, "make the best of time, beat time, transcend time, make moments that you can take anywhere". But then I stopped at one summer program and thought, "What am I really telling these kids? How do they make the best of time?" And I realized: Business is not just about money and currency. I can teach about investing money in business opportunities or I can talk about investing one's self and one's time in others and getting great returns on that investment. It was then that I realized that the only thing that matters in this life and all that mattered in making my life and my world what it is are the people. My family, my friends, my teachers, my 'enemies', people show you who to be, who not to be, what could be possible, and how things can be made newly possible. Investing in people, considering the person-aspect in anything, and trying to consider the importance of your personal impact on the world make this life and your place in life far more special. I've graduated High School, traveled to a couple countries, participated in a few service projects, been accepted to universities in the Ivy League, Big Ten, and more, I've worked for the City of Detroit - Dept. of Elections, Kellogg School of Management and LEAD Business Institute, I have completed a sponsored research project on capitalist and marxist post colonial development, and one on the connection of racism and post-colonial international development, I've been in classes in almost every subject area but the only thing that has mattered has been the people. An article hinges greatly on the person who wrote it, a class hinges on the professor and students, a dorm hinges on its occupants etc etc. The success of any endeavor, project, or dream hinges on the people or the person. In a world increasingly ruled by machinery, technology, and mechanism; our most meaningful reality and our valuable experience can and must never ever lose its essentially personal touch.
Areas of Expertise
Political Theory, Moral Philosophy, Theology & Ethics, Critical Race Theory, African Political & Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship & Business, Counter-Cultural Studies, Entrepeneurship, Market & Brand Strategy
An idea worth spreading
http://thehooddotcom.wordpress.com/ What is this world and the way we see it can be changed through new thinking and new ideas. What has been given to us may not always be what it seems or as it is. We are the fabric of this world, we make it what it is. What you say is what you think, what you think is what you say and do and that makes your world what it is. Make it work, make your world. I have a fascination and an acquired familiarity with marketing, branding, and especially those things on the medium of social networking. In this, and in combination with my focus on political theory I want to being a research project about the impact of marketing campaigns on our political landscapes worldwide, (i.e. Levi's 'Go Forth', Coke's 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing [in perfect harmony]', Apple's 'Think Different', etc.). Does a particular political lanscape determine the type of marketing that is done? Or, does marketing determine the inner-workings of a political landscape? Hmm.
I'm passionate about
I'm passionate about life and about this existential race against time in which we are all engaged. I'm passionate about living tomorrow now and letting yesterday be exactly what it is. I'm passionate
Talk to me about
Talk to me about the things that make you happy, angry, and about the things that make you you. Talk to me about your passions an about the things which might get you up in the morning. Talk to me.
People don't know I'm good at
People don't know that I'm good at painting, drawing, sculpting, singing, acting, soccer, lacrosse, etc. People also don't know that I am good at learning new things and engaging interesting concepts.
My TED story
Hi, I’m W.S. Paul Jackson. I am currently a student at Northwestern University, enrolled in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. I am a political science major, studying Political Theory, African Studies, Humanitarian and International Development, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Race Theory. My learning experience has extended far outside of the classroom as well, as I have grown a lot as a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team at Northwestern University and as President of CaribNation (Northwestern's Caribbean Student Alliance),
At present, I'm interested in working in social marketing, social enterprise (domestic and international), political consulting, law school, or an academic career path within university research and teaching. I want to contribute to organizations that are helping to rebuild society where it is broken, preserve society where it is pure, and stimulate growth in the places of untapped potential. I also am a front man in an awesome band. I love music.