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Julia Hobsbawm

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Expert speaker and commentator on entrepreneurship, networking, women in business, work-life balance, and business productivity

World’s first Professor of Networking (at Cass Business School)

Founder, Editorial Intelligence

Julia Hobsbawm OBE is a leading commentator on modern connectedness and its discontents, the future of work, technology and digital distraction and how we cope in an Age of Overload.

Julia has been described by the digital and tech broadcaster and writer Andrew Keen as “The Marshall McLuhan of our Always-On age” and by the broadcaster and historian Sir Simon Schama as “there is no-one like Julia Hobsbawm. She is the wizard of connection”.

Julia founded the content and connection business Editorial Intelligence in 2005. She is Hon.Visiting Professor in Workplace Social Health at London’s CASS Business School, City, University of London; Editor-at-Large for Arianna Huffington’s well-being portal THRIVE Global; a columnist for Strategy + Business Magazine, and presenter of the podcast ‘The Human and Machine’.   A member of the board of the European Workforce Institute,  her book ‘Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload’ was shortlisted for both Business Book of the Year and Management Book of the Year.   Her new book  ‘The Simplicity Principle’ was published in April 2020.

Julia has presented two series for BBC Radio 4 and has given keynote speeches to audiences including the OECD, European Commission, as well as numerous private clients in corporate banking, think tanks, ideas festivals and international symposiums such as the Global Drucker Forum in Vienna and Full Circle in Brussels.

She was awarded the OBE for services to business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List In 2015

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"Julia is expert on the “soft skills” needed to succeed in the 21st century business environment. She has lectured, broadcast and published widely for, amongst others, the BBC, Sky, The Times, Spectator, Columbia School of Journalism, and Oxford University (Reuters Institute)."

Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload

In 1946, the World Health Organization defined health as: “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Until now, no one has defined this third dimension to health, or described strategies to deliver it. This ground-breaking book is the first to do so.

Twenty-five years after the arrival of the Internet, we are drowning in data and deadlines; we can never have imagined that our daily intake of information and achieving a healthy balance in our personal and professional lives could feel so complex and so unhealthy. In recent years, organizations have come a long way towards promoting health literacy (on obesity, smoking, diet, and exercise) and some way in acknowledging mental health issues. But acknowledging the challenges of the Internet and social media on employee and workplace health is the social element, and most have not yet begun to offer solutions around either better information and knowledge management, or developing better and more sustaining relationships.

The Simplicity Principle

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