Laurene Powell Jobs talks

A rare interview with Steve Jobs' widow.

From David Gelles' "Laurene Powell Jobs Is Putting Her Own Dent in the Universe" in Sunday's New York Times: 

After Mr. Jobs died from cancer, in 2011, she spent several years out of public view. But more recently, Ms. Powell Jobs — the 35th-richest person in the world, worth some $27.5 billion — has begun to exert her influence.

She acquired Pop-Up Magazine and major stakes in the Atlantic magazine and in Monumental Sports, which owns the Washington Wizards and Mystics basketball teams and the Washington Capitals hockey team. She is working with the former education secretary Arne Duncan to reduce gun violence in Chicago. At the Sundance Film Festival this year, a new documentary studio backed by Ms. Powell Jobs made a splash.

It’s a diverse set of concerns, and reflects her belief that issues like poverty, education, personal health and environmental justice are all interconnected.

“When you pull one thread, you get the whole tapestry,” she said. “When you’re working in the social sector, you actually cannot make any lasting forward movement if you’re only focused on one thing.”

Ms. Powell Jobs, 56, is acting with a sense of urgency these days. She believes that President Trump’s statements and policies have unleashed dark forces that are tearing apart the very fabric of society.

My take: A lovely interview. Steve would have been proud. Her step-daughter's memoir, however, paints a very different picture.

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  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    “…. Her step-daughter’s memoir, however, paints a very different picture.”

    That is very perceptive of you PED to denote that fact and it shows your fairness in treating folk in a fair and equitable manner. There always are different perspectives on issues because of one’s personal experiences. No one can repudiate Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ perception, her emotions and life experiences with her father and step-family. It is how she perceived it, how she experienced it and how it left an indelible impression on her. It all left Ms. Brennan-Jobs with ambivalent feelings toward her father and step-family. Much of what happened to Lisa happened as a child and these events are inculcated and embedded deeply in her adult persona for the remainder of her life, leaving her to rationalize why they exists and why they occurred.

    Laurene Powell Jobs denoted her belief “…. that issues like poverty, education, personal health and environmental justice all are interconnected.” True! What also is interconnected with her belief is that we also are products of our environments. Ms. Powell Jobs is concern that children from economically, culturally, socially, educationally and environmentally deprived backgrounds are as handicapped in their ability to achieved success as are individuals with severe disabilities needing accommodations to streamline themselves into society as productive citizens. They all need some form of accommodation to achieve in life. So, restructuring those issues for improvement of which Laurene Powell Jobs enumerates will go a long way toward footing those children on a competitive playing field with kids who do not confront such deficits in their formative years.

    Ms. Brennan-Jobs ambivalent feelings toward her father and step-family are “real” to her, and there exists no justifiable basis for anyone to dispute them just as issues pointed out by Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs like poverty, education, personal health and environmental justice are interconnected to affect children’s perception in life who grow-up under these childhood deprivations.

    March 1, 2020

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