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Julia Hobsbawm Keynote Speaker

  • Expert speaker and commentator on the post pandemic workplace, building social health and networks, and simplicity in a complex age
  • Chair of the Demos Workshift Commission
  • Founder, Editorial Intelligence and frequent broadcaster (BBC, Sky News)

Julia Hobsbawm's Biography

Julia Hobsbawm is an award-winning business author and productivity strategist who writes the syndicated “Working Assumptions” column for Bloomberg’s Workshift.

One of the first to predict the new era of hybrid working, Julia’s presentations and workshops provide business leaders with a framework for diagnosing how their organisation’s work culture is inhibiting productivity and growth.

This encompasses issues ranging from Working From Home (WFH) vs. In-person, AI/technology and changing attitudes towards work, to generational differences, mental health and the power of simplicity.

Julia’s latest book is The Nowhere Office: Re-inventing Work and the Workplace of the Future (2022), which was listed by the FT as a “book to read in 2022” and one of their best business books of 2022. She hosts a podcast of the same name with Stefan Stern.

In the book, Julia addresses the new challenges of remote working in the wake of the pandemic, repurposing offices for more creative interaction, managing WFH teams and satisfying the demand for more purposeful work with greater work/life balance.

The Nowhere Office was praised by the Financial Times, has been covered by media outlets including Forbes, Bloomberg and the BBC, and has been described variously by leaders in business, media and thought leadership as ‘a masterwork’, ‘a tour de force’ and ‘brilliantly captures the zeitgeist of our times – how and where we work’.

Julia has been described as ‘one of the cutting edge thinkers on the future of work’ (RSA), and “brilliant at seeing tomorrow’s ideas today”.

Julia Hobsbawm’s award-winning book, The Simplicity Principle: six steps towards clarity in a complex world (March 2019), draws on nature and neuroscience to provide a workable system for achieving clarity and calm in an increasingly complex world. Arianna Huffington described the book as “The answer to the question of our modern time: how to recapture simplicity”.

Julia Hobsbawm is also author of Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload, which was shortlisted for both Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018.

A regular speaker for corporate audiences as well as the OECD and EU amongst policymakers, in 2018 Arianna Huffington named her editor-at-large of a new Social Health section of the global wellbeing portal, THRIVE.

Awarded an OBE for Services to Business in 2015, Julia Hobsbawm was launch chair of the Demos Workshift Commission, sat on the European Workforce Institute

Julia Hobsbawm is also founder of the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence, which pioneered new diverse network thinking and the ideas conference Names Not Numbers, The Comment Awards and the technology conference and podcast series The Human and the Machine.

Julia has made several BBC programmes on networks and networking, and is a regular commentator and broadcaster around the world. She is a Patron of The Zoe Education Trust, and the Facial Surgery Research Foundation.

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Julia Hobsbawm's Speaking Topics

  • • The Future Of Work

  • • Work Culture

  • • Productivity

  • • Hybrid Working

  • • AI/Technology and the Workplace

  • • The Multi-Generational Workforce

  • • Mental Health in the Workplace

  • • Social Health in the “Age of Overload”

  • • Modern Connectedness

  • • Behavioural Networks

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Videos of Julia Hobsbawm

Social health: Surviving & thriving in age of overload
Social health: Surviving & thriving in age of overload
The British Academy | Future of the Corporation – Second Purpose Summit Session 3 - With Julia Hobsbawm
The British Academy | Future of the Corporation – Second Purpose Summit Session 3 - With Julia Hobsbawm
The Simplicity Principle: Finding The Perfect Balance
The Simplicity Principle: Finding The Perfect Balance

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Julia Hobsbawm

The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future (2022)
Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload
The Simplicity Principle

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