Julia Hobsbawm OBE


An entrepreneur and writer who addresses the problems and solutions of humans and workplaces in the machine age. Described as “one of the most important public intellectuals in the UK”.

Julia Hobsbawm OBE has defined Social Health as the antidote to the Age of Overload for businesses, government and individuals. Her ideas are featured by, amongst others, the World Economic Forum, The OECD, The Economist and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global.

Julia is the Chair of the Demos Workshift Commission and the author of the March 2021 paper” The Nowhere Office” which focusses on ‘the shift in where we work, and how that creates an opportunity to reexamine the vital questions of how we work’.  The future of work will be hybrid, will be complex, will not be one-size-fits all. Only the strongest, best, most agile leaders and managers will be up to the task. The workshift in the world of work was happening already: the pandemic has lifted the lid on dysfunction in management, dissatisfaction in the workplace (and epic stress).

Julia is an entrepreneur, writer and consultant and founded the network and media business Editorial Intelligence and the Social Capital Network for BAME professionals.

She is a founding trustee of the medical technology charity OurBrainBank and The Quality of Life Foundation.

Awarded an OBE in 2015 for Services to Business, she is the author of several mainstream business books addressing modern challenges for individuals and organisations including Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload (2017) and The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World (2020) which won two awards for best business book of the year and is a podcast and self-help brand.

Julia is a dynamic and thoughtful (virtual) keynote speaker and panellist who inspires leaders who are are increasingly looking for ways to mitigate problems and to maximise opportunities for healthy, creative productivity.

Described as a ‘catalyst for phenomenal thinking’, and a ‘captivating speaker’, in her keynote presentations and C-suite conversations, Julia offers tools to leaders and teams to achieve a shift in thinking around people and workplace management.


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  • The Nowhere Office
  • The Simplicity Principle
  • The Social Health Revolution: Connection 4.0




What people say about Julia Hobsbawm OBE

“Julia Hobsbawm is the wizard of modern connection”

Simon Schama

“The answer to the question of our modern times: how to recapture simplicity in our lives so we can once again connect with ourselves. And in this book Julia Hobsbawm has given us an answer: by using the shape and pattern of nature. Her six-word mantra —  Keep it Simple, Learn From Nature — shows us how we can use the power of the world around us to change our lives for the better.”

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

“I devoured this terrific book. In a world jammed up with the hectic pace of life The Simplicity Principle shows an easy roadmap back to calm and control” –

BRUCE DAISLEY, Vice-President Twitter, author, The Joy of Work and podcaster, Eat Sleep Work Repeat

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