Alastair's Open Road

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    Next Generation Roadtrip


Managing Editor
Mother Jones Magazine

“Experience the world. Do some other doesn't have to be the all end all; it's not the measure of who you are as a person.”


Journalism Politics


Chance Experience Hard Work Choices Exploration Risk Self-Reflection


Communicating / Sharing Stories


  • Spent six months postgrad as a ski bum in Switzerland.
  • Moved to the U.S. with no friends and no connections; painted houses for a year.
  • Fell "behind" his peers career-wise but had seen much more of the world.
  • Stumbled into a job in investment banking; made a good amount of money but never loved it.
  • Took his savings and traveled the world for 18 more months.
  • Had always been interested in literature, realized he wanted to work in publishing.
  • Saw an opening for the assistant to the publisher of Mother Jones, talked his way into the job.
  • Stresses the importance of taking vacations, seeing the world rather than putting all of your time and focus into work.

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