Lowell Lecture

Lowell Lecture — John Jacobs

Date & Time

May 2, 2022 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Boston Public Library - Abbey Room
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
Driving Directions


When John and his brother Bert started the now $150 million company in 1994, they had $78 in their pockets, lived out of their van, and sold t-shirts on the streets of Boston. Was this their way of avoiding the “real world”? You betcha. Did it turn into something much bigger? Absolutely. It has been over 25 years since they sold their first t-shirt, but John and Bert champion the same mission: to spread the power of optimism. On their journey, they’ve been inspired by a vibrant community of resilient optimists — people from all backgrounds who identify deeply with the brand and who constantly demonstrate the depth and meaning behind the three simple words “Life is Good.”

Presenting Organization

Boston Public Library




Programs Department (programs@bpl.org, (617) 859-2129)

Life Is Good Co-Founder John Jacobs in conversation with Boston Public Library President David Leonard will instruct on the power of optimism, sharing how a Boston-based family business grew into a $150 million-dollar lifestyle brand that changes lives through its charitable foundation and simple wisdom. An audience Q&A session will follow the discussion.

This program, presented in partnership by the Boston Public Library, the Lowell Institute, and the GBH Forum Network, will now happen in person and over Zoom webinar. To attend in person, please visit the "Registration Instructions" box on the Event URL (https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/61df2b65b1d14b300015dc80). To attend online, please register at the following link: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mWO-KP3OSQ2wSVqpaznOaQ.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe, one of the Boston Public Library's community bookstore partners, will facilitate an in-person author signing following the the audience Q&A. They are also selling books online at https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/event/bpl-event-john-jacobs.