Ep 229: Jon Alexander – Citizens – Seven Minutes Soundbites

Ep 229: Jon Alexander – Citizens – Seven Minutes Soundbites

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Ep 229: Jon Alexander - Citizens - Seven Minutes Soundbites

My guest this week is Jon Alexander, the author of “CITIZENS: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us,” and the co-founder of the New Citizenship Project; a strategy and innovation consultancy with a mission to catalyze a shift to a more participatory, citizen-led society and driven by a belief that, given the right opportunity, people can and will shape the things that matter to them for the better.

Here are seven minutes of soundbites.

About Jon

Jon began his career in advertising, working at agencies including BBDO and Fallon, making ads for some of the world’s biggest brands. However, Jon became disillusioned with the industry and realized he was caught up in a story he didn’t believe in: the consumer story.

Through his book and his organization, Jon advocates for a new way of thinking, shifting the dominant story of the individual in society from consumer to citizen; reframing the moment in which we’re living as a time of huge civic opportunity, emphasizing the world of possibility for countries, cities, organizations if they embrace the Citizen Story

Jon’s book may be the most important book I’ve read in years and I am convinced the story shift he’s advocating and fighting for will be pivotal if we are to overcome the meta-crisis we are facing as humans and as a planet. 


Social Links 

Jon’s Linkedin 

Jon’s Twitter

NCP Twitter 


What we discuss 

00:00  Intro 

0:34 The Meta Crisis 

02:10 The Collapsing Consumer Story

03:42 The steps we can all take

04:58 How to do Marketing in a different way

06:46 The 3 P’s of the Citizen story 

07:46 Looking at AI

Links in the show

Citizens Book

New Citizen Project 

Audrey Tang 

PFG Doncaster 

Berkana Institute 

Citizen University 

How to Citizen 

Brian Eno

Marshall McLuhan

Sand Talk – How indigenous thinking can save the world  

Democracy Next

Braver Angles

Make America Dinner Again 

Ted Talk First Leader

Don’t Stop Here

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