Jon is a flâneur of words and the Internet who created, wrote and directed (mainly by Direct Message) the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter. Back in 2008 he persuaded a cast including MP Tom Watson to give over their timelines to perform Twitpanto: a full length piece of theatre that spun its story out into the unsuspecting online World.
He’s organised psychogeographic trips around Birmingham’s Outer Circle, measured the emotional wellbeing of the city, started ‘Talk Like a Brummie Day’, and as well as founding the famous blog Birmingham: It’s Not Shit. He currently edits Paradise Circus: A Birmingham Miscellany. All of his projects work in the space where emotion and place collide—online and off.
He’s currently finishing a book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — which has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”.
Jon was the ’14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands’ 2008. Subsequently not placed.
He’s been working with the social web and online communities for way over 10 years, focussed on audience engagement and large scale UGC projects and advising local and central government, media and arts organisations and other companies on the social web. He’s also worked for the BBC in tech and community engagement, as a commissioning editor and author on multimedia design books, and as a journalist.
“Jon is one of the most creative and knowledgeable people I know when it comes to social media…a rare and valuable asset, and one that I cannot recommend highly enough.” Paul Bradshaw
“In a crowded field often peopled by recent converts whose actual knowledge is limited, Jon has a longevity and depth of experience which is priceless. He is also a hugely respected figure right across the sector…which adds immense value as a client.” Siôn Simon MEP
“Jon has ability, experience and imagination. He’s a perfect navigator of social media – using it, explaining it and developing it. He knows exactly how it works. I first worked with Jon at the BBC seven years ago, he was already ahead of the social media game, and he’s continued to innovate and explore. Whatever the project, Jon always adds huge value” Sue Beardsmore
“Jon has a deep seated understanding of how the web works as a conversation, is brilliant at explaining it and instinctive in inventing ideas that work on the social web… Jon Bounds is one of the most generously creative people I know” Nick Booth (Podnosh)
“It was a real pleasure working with Jon on The Big Picture… a never-ending source of inspirational new ideas for how we could make the most of the digital potential of the project…and produce[d] great results.” Caroline Griffin
“Whether coining memes, or developing approaches to improved public consultation on policy documents, or all manner of work in between, Jon cares about his work and the way it touches people. [he] instinctively understands how people do things online, and is a true wit to boot” Jon Hickman (Birmingham City University)
“Jon was a fantastic help in showing me the possibilities of WordPress and social media in general for a significant corporate website development for the NHS. His expertise is second to none. ” Rob Benson (NHS Birmingham East And North PCT)