Julia Hobsbawm OBE

 

An entrepreneur and writer who address the problems and solutions of humans in the machine age. Described in 2019 by James Harding, Founder of Tortoise Media and former Editor of the Times and of BBC News as ‘one of the most important public intellectuals in the UK’.

 Julia Hobsbawm is an entrepreneur and writer who address the problems and solutions of humans in the machine age. Described in 2019 by James Harding, Founder of Tortoise Media and former Editor of the Times and of BBC News as ‘one of the most important public intellectuals in the UK’. 

 Julia speaks to global audiences ranging from the OECD and EU to financial institutions and corporations about how to meet the challenges ahead. Julia sits on the advisory boards of The European Workforce Institute and the workplace app Guild, and is a columnist for Strategy + Business Magazine and a contributor to The British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project. 

Her book Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018. Her new book, The Simplicity Principle will be published in April 2020 in the UK and US. 

Julia was awarded an OBE for Services to Business in 2015. She founded the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence which pioneered new diverse network thinking and which has just launched the Social Capital Network. She is a regular commentator and broadcaster. She is a Patron of The Zoe Education Trust, and the Facial Surgery Research Foundation and a founding trustee of the charity OurBrainBank. 

Her two key topics for corporate audiences in 2020 are:

1) Keep It Simple:
In a world of complexity leaders and managers need to learn to reconnect with the age-old principle of simplicity. The benefits of simplicity are clarity, productivity and purpose. Using case studies and data from neuroscience and social science from the last five decades, this is both an inspiring speech and also a call to action. Put in simple terms Julia calls for “Hexagon Action”, which is based both around the mathematically “perfect” number 6 and the six-sides hexagon shape which is the most resilient and space efficient shape in nature and most commonly associated with the species we have more in common with than we think: the humble honeybee. All of which is used to illustrate this illuminating talk.
2) Being Human in the Machine Age: The Social Health decade
The author has coined the term “Social Health” to define all connected behaviour in the digital era and this talk focuses on the six key steps ( “Hexagon Action”) which organisations need to follow in order to overcome discorders of connection including Infobesity and Overload; Miscommunication and Missed Information; and Stress and Anxiety linked to performance, productivity and worker wellbeing. Julia’s ideas on Social Health have been taken up by the OECD, WHO, European Commission as well as the corporate community and her book Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload was shortliststed for Management Book of the Year and Business Book of the Year 2018 and will be published in China and Brazil in 2020.
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  • The Social Health Revolution: Connection 4.0
  • Human Remains – Human in Machine Age
  • The Simplicity Principle: Simplicity in a Complex Age

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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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