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Jon is working with a set of ideas and tools that have the potential to change politics forever.
In fact, they could change everything forever.
DR IAN KEARNS
Founder and Trustee, European Leadership Network
Jon spent the first decade of his career working in the advertising industry, selling some of the world's biggest brands, and winning plenty of awards along the way. Then he realised he was caught up in a story he didn't believe in: The Consumer Story.
In 2014, Jon co-founded the New Citizenship Project with Irenie Ekkeshis, a former adland colleague. Their mission was to figure out how to use their skills not just to sell stuff to Consumers, but to involve people in the decisions that affect their lives as Citizens.
They have since partnered with organisations and institutions including the Co-op, The Body Shop, National Trust, BBC, European Central Bank and many more.
Jon is a Fellow of the Young Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts, as well as a member of the World Economic Forum's Political Entrepreneurship Network and of the OECD's Innovative Citizen Participation Network. He holds three Masters degrees in disciplines spanning humanities and business, and has won several essay awards including the inaugural Ashridge/European Academy of Business in Society Sustainable Innovation Award, and the Young Foundation's Beyond Meritocracy Prize. Along the way, he has also represented Great Britain in two different sports.
Citizens is his first book.
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