Julia Hobsbawm

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Julia Hobsbawm OBE (born 15 August 1964) is a British entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. She works in the areas of social health and the future of the workplace post-pandemic.

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of historian Eric Hobsbawm and music teacher Marlene Schwarz,[1] and attended Camden School for Girls.

After leaving the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) without qualifications in the early 1980s, she worked as a researcher in television,[2] before moving to political fundraising for the Labour Party before the 1992 General Election. She had a long career in public relations before moving into networking and event organisation.


She founded the knowledge networking company Editorial Intelligence in 2005. She is also the founder[when?] of the social mobility operation The Social Capital Network. She has held Honorary Visiting Professorships at the University of the Arts, London, and more recently at Bayes Business School including a role as Hon. Visiting Professor in Workplace Social Health until 2020. She is editor-at-large for Arianna Huffington's global wellbeing portal Thrive, and a columnist for Strategy+Business magazine.

Hobsbawm coined the phrase "The Nowhere Office" to describe the hybrid work era. She began hosting a podcast of the same name with Stefan Stern in March 2021.[3] Her book, The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World which won two US awards[vague] for Best General Business Book of the Year and Best Self-Help Book of the Year in 2020.

Hobsbawm was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2015 for services to business.[4] She is a patron of the Facial Surgery Research Foundation and the Zoe Sarojini Trust, a charity educating girls in South Africa and a founding trustee in the UK of OurBrainBank.


  • The Nowhere Office, Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future, Basic Books/John Murray (UK) and Public Affairs (US) (2022)
  • The Simplicity Principle, Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World, Kogan Page (2020)
  • Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload, Bloomsbury (2017)
  • The See-Saw: 100 Ideas for Work-Life Balance, Atlantic Books (2009)
  • Where the Truth Lies: Trust and Morality in the Business of PR, Journalism and Communications, Atlantic Books (2006)


  1. ^ Franks, Lynne (9 February 2012). "Interview: Julia Hobsbawm". The Jewish Chronicle.
  2. ^ "My Life in Media". The Independent.
  3. ^ "The Nowhere Office on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts.
  4. ^ "Birthday Honours 2015: the Prime Minister's list: CSV - GOV.UK". assets.publishing.service.gov.uk.

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