Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Episode 44 - Fight for What You Believe In with Willie Jackson

Episode 44 - Fight for What You Believe In with Willie Jackson

Willie Jackson is the founder and publisher of Abernathy, a magazine for black men. He is also a tech consultant and a member of Seth Godin’s Domino Project. He is an advisor and has worked with several bestselling authors and entrepreneurs as well as speaking regularly at conferences. Previously, he served as the director of Web optimization for W3 EDGE, an interactive Web development and marketing agency. Abernathy is his latest project that was started partly because of the events in Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement. Willie joins Charlie on the show to discuss the weighty issues of race and police brutality as well as much more about his career.

Key Takeaways:

02:24 – Willie leaving working in consultancy and getting in to doing his own thing.

06:38 – Why Willie didn’t like the corporate business world.

12:10 – Starting W3 EDGE and how the idea formed.

16:08 – Some of the challenges with W3 EDGE.

21:15 – The importance of taking the time to connect with other people and acknowledge how hard things can be.

24:01 – Why and how Willie formed Abernathy and his feelings on the Michael Brown story.

33:27 – Abernathy being a magazine specifically for black men and issues of race that aren’t talked about enough.

42:06 – The case about Sandra Bland.

47:09 – What Willie has learned from launching and growing Abernathy.

51:43 – Willie wanting people to know that he cares about people being touched by what Abernathy is about and benefitting from it.

Mentioned In This Episode:


Seth Godin’s Domino Project

Black Lives Matter

Lift Off Retreat




Michael Brown

Mark Zuckerberg



Worse Than Slavery

Nate Silver

Hillary Clinton

Sandra Bland




Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.