Julia Hobsbawm is the writer who identified the new field of Social Health to meet the challenges of our always-on, technologically-saturated age. She is the author of the landmark book, Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload (Bloomsbury, 2016), described by Dambisa Moyo as ‘a must-read but also as a much-needed compass to navigating the 21st century workplace.’ It was shortlisted for both Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018,
She is Honorary Visiting Professor in Workplace Social Health at The Cass Business School in London and a regular speaker for corporate audiences as well as policymakers at the OECD and EU. In 2018 Arianna Huffington named her editor-at-large of a new Social Health section of the global wellbeing portal, THRIVE.
Julia sits on the Advisory Boards of The European Workforce Institute and the new workplace app Guild. She was awarded an OBE for Services to Business in 2015. She founded the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence; the ideas conference Names Not Numbers; The Comment Awards and the technology conference and podcast series ‘The Human and the Machine’.
She has written and presented 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.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed Fully Connected. Amazing insights on a subject critical to modern working and living. I wholly endorse it, not just as a must-read but also as a much-needed compass to navigating the 21st century workplace. — Dambisa Moyo, Economist and Author
‘Julia Hobsbawm is the unofficial UK Queen of Networking, but she understands that networking is about much more than lunches and parties. As a student of networks in history, I read Fully Connected with great pleasure and profit’. –Niall Ferguson, senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
‘Brimming with ideas and insights – fascinating, intriguing, thoughtful’. –Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School
‘I am buzzing about this book. Really outstanding’. –William Eccleshare, President and CEO, Clear Channel International
‘This is one of those brilliantly insightful books everyone has to read to understand the zeitgeist’. –Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Principal, Mansfield College Oxford
‘Fully Connected is the most profound book about connectivity published this century. Hobsbawm nails it. She’s the Marshall McLuhan of our always-on age’. –Andrew Keen
‘Julia Hobsbawm reminds us that social media and social networks are about human connections not technology. She wants us to see that stilling the shrill voices of tech will connect us better. Fully Connected is a very good read.’ –Stephan Chambers, The Marshall Institute, London School of Economics
‘Julia Hobsbawm’s potent mix of practical advice and fresh academic insight is the book for any thoughtful executive, hard-pressed or otherwise’. –Stephen Barber, Equity partner, Pictet Group; Global Chair, Prix Pictet
‘A great read, which provides fascinating insights into how connectivity is changing our lives and how we can thrive in a Fully Connected world’. –Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford
‘Our social networks are both huge opportunities and lurking dangers, depending on how we manage them. Julia Hobsbawm’s stellar new book, Fully Connected, pinpoints their pervasive effects on what and who we know, what jobs we get, our political views, our health and wellbeing, and more – and then tells us to improve our social health. A must-read for individuals and policy makers alike.’ –Professor Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD