I'm Jonathan Irons
I help companies communicate and sell things online.
I run the Naxos Works Database, a fantastic classical music resource.
I help manage Artaria Editions, a fine publisher of 18th century music.
I help musikalienhandel.de do their online marketing. They're one of the leading online music retailers in Germany.
Get in touch if you want to know more.
I'm a co-founder of united heartbeat, a wonderful charity that gives instruments to musicians who have fled their home countries. We've raised over EUR 25,000 so far and spent it all on instruments!
I also co-founded Vienna Greeters, a vibrant association of more than 140 volunteers that offers free walks to people visiting Vienna. We have organised more than 1,600 free walks for over 4,080 people since January 2015.
Here are the latest blogposts:
I have found the answer to the crisis in journalism today. Yes, really, I have. The answer to bad news is not good news, it’s no news.
What is peace? Why do we think the world is less peaceful than it is? I think we lack the language to talk about peace and progress in a constructive manner. Do you agree?
If you sent a permission reminder to your audience when GDPR came into effect, you might now have a much smaller email list. In this blog post, I explain why that’s good news!
Equality is equality. Either we have it, or we don’t. So the question is, how much do we want?
Usability is empathy. Ergonomics is empathy. In this slightly ranty blog post I complain about badly designed products and services and ask why it happens.
Vienna Greeters organises all it’s administration with online tools, most of them free. Read here about how we use different services to help match visitors with volunteers.
I started my first non-profit organisation in 2015, and it’s been an amazing ride. Read about how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved.
Ein offener Brief an junge JournalistInnen Österreichs. Was willst du? Wie siehst du Journalismus in Österreich? Was kannst du mir verkaufen?
There’s a massive discrepancy between what people think the EU does and what it actually does. Here are a few things you might not have thought of.
Your next favourite book is Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling. Factfulness shows how much better the world is than we think.
I've been spending some time researching Constructive Journalism, especially in Austria. Friends have said I should offer solutions and suggestions, and not just criticise. It's tricky. I'm not a journalist. But here are a few observations.
I'm going to spend time this year looking at Constructive Journalism. In this blog post, I take a critical look at an article by the Guardian and explore what I see as serious problems.
This summer, we're going to change the way online adverts work. Join us.
A year on, I take a look at what I've learned since starting the wonderful charity united heartbeat.
I think the EU is very bad at communicating. In this post I write about some of the mistakes they make and how they could do things better.
There is one very simple way to make your CV much much better. And it’s not what they tell you in the books.
I think the way we work in offices is a bit outdated. In this post, I talk about flexible work and the relationship with happiness. Are you happy?
We’re actually living safer and healthier than ever before. Here are 10 things to celebrate.
I started a wonderful charity that buys instruments for musicians who have fled their home countries.
It’s only a crisis if you’re not dealing with. So I started dealing with it. It’s been frustrating, and rewarding.
Oh my God. Who knew. People would volunteer more if they had the time and the opportunity.
Why do we still organise our working week around the logistics of a Victorian factory?
The results of my survey have so far been very interesting. Stay tuned for more.
I'm exploring the connection between volunteering and productivity. I want to know what you think.
Free is sometimes very valuable. The Global Greeter Network is a wonderful proof of this.
What’s the difference between volunteering and being engaged with the community around you? Is there one?
Why do we call the time when we’re not working “spare” time or “free” time. Isn’t it all the same?
“Ah, but you have so much time” someone once said to me. Well, I have the same time as you, but maybe different priorities.
Why would anyone “give up” their time to take someone on a free walk around their city?
One of the aims of this blog is to look at the relationship between volunteering and working. Should companies be volunteering more?