Born and raised in suburban Wethersfield, Connecticut, Jim Flannery went on to earn a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Boston University in 2008. Upon graduation, Jim co-founded a biotechnology startup company, which led to family and friends questioning his mental stability, and ultimately led to Jim being involuntarily committed to the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut where he received the best care available in the modern world – torture – including seclusion, restraints, forced drugging, coercion, and a psychiatric diagnosis.
In time, Jim would be committed at four different mental hospitals across the United States.
It was only after launching his second technology startup company, this time in the LED lighting space, that Jim turned his efforts away from technology and toward culture, believing the most significant problems in the world were social issues not technological ones.
In 2013, Jim broke his silence and began speaking publicly about his experiences with the mental health system through performing stand-up comedy under the pseudonym 'flim jannery'. Soon, Jim’s efforts grew from telling jokes to writing, speaking, protesting, advocating, and producing the MindFreedom International video series Voices for Choices: fighting for human rights in mental health
In addition, Jim pursued work in education, first as a high school physics teacher, and then by building the online platforms Mission: Physics, Open Source High, and the Peer Unschooling Network. Jim's pursuits in education ultimately led to him authoring the audio book app, LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you, giving young people trapped in schools the tools, inspiration, and knowledge to control their own destiny through self-directed education.
In 2020, Jim began hearing voices, which opened his eyes to the true significance of the mental health system's impact on human life, concluding there is nothing short of a genocide being perpetuated against neurodiverse people.
Upon this startling realization, Jim became more angry and terrified than ever before, and shifted his creative efforts toward hip-hop, believing the authenticity of the genre would be the best medium possible to communicate his perspective.