I am a Berlin-based self-employed consultant. My work covers training and teaching about online communication, teaching and analysis of EU politics (particularly Brexit), web design, media work, and writing.
I am fascinated by the EU, politics and technology, and my work allows me to combine all of these elements.
My main paid contracts are running training workshops about online communication for political purposes, often for clients in and around the EU politics sphere. The UK’s tense and complicated relationship with the EU, and ultimately its decision in 2016 to vote to leave the EU, has become an increasingly important part of my work in recent years – understanding UK-EU affairs builds on my time in the UK civil service and my academic background in EU politics. Since 2015 I have been a Visiting Lecturer at the College of Europe, Bruges where I teach about online communications in EU politics.
When online politics was starting to gain in importance in the UK a decade ago I was responsible for online campaigns for Harriet Harman, Ken Livingstone and Diane Abbott in the Labour Party. Since my move to Germany I am now active in the German Grüne where I am doing web design and server work for my local party branch and Georg Kössler and Ramona Pop in the Berlin Abgeordnetenhaus. My greatest online campaign success was as one of the founders of the Atheist Bus Campaign in the UK in 2008-09 that raised £154000 in online donations to put the slogan “There’s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” on 800 buses across the UK and spawned spin off campaigns in a dozen countries.
Brexit – and how that impacts me as a UK citizen living in Germany – has led me into media work. I provide commentary and analysis about UK and EU relations and the situation facing British in Germany for television and radio, and can do that in English, German and French.
In EU circles I am best known for my blog – jonworth.eu – that is one of the longest running and well referenced blogs about the European Union. Comprising more than 2200 blog entries and 600000 words, the blog is a personal and unpaid endeavour. I also write elsewhere. My Twitter account (@jonworth) is the third most followed non-politician account among Brussels decision makers – according to Hill + Knowlton.
I am a member of the Europe Policy Group of World Economic Forum (since 2017), a member of the Transparency International EU Advisory Group (since 2015), was in the 2012 cohort of Friends of Europe / Europanova’s 40 Under 40 European Young Leaders programme. Eurativ ranked me as one of the 40 most influential Britons on EU policy. I was President of JEF-Europe between 2003 and 2005. I was a local election (BVV) candidate for the Grüne in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in 2016.
Prior to my freelance career I was a civil servant in the UK on the European Fast Stream scheme, working on EU energy policy and teaching about EU politics at National School of Government. I have also worked as an assistant to a MEP in the European Parliament.
I hold a MA in European Politics from the College of Europe, Bruges, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Merton College, University of Oxford. English is my mother tongue, and I speak good German and French, and basic Italian and Swedish.