Hello! I’m Joe Litobarski. I’m originally from the UK but currently live in Maastricht, in the southern Netherlands, with my wife and two daughters.
My work focuses on European online deliberation, connecting citizens with policymakers through digital platforms and through facilitated virtual group discussions, as well as planning and facilitating digital workshops.
I have over 15 years of experience as a facilitator; earning a BA (Hons) in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in 2006, then training in facilitative mediation with the Peace and Reconciliation Group (PRG) in Derry / Londonderry in 2005-6, then with Portsmouth Mediation Service in 2007.
I began blogging about European politics in 2008. In May 2011, I crowdsourced questions on The Guardian and (together with German blogger Ronny Patz) put one to EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström during a Justice and Home Affairs Council press conference.
Based on that experience, I started working with the think tank Friends of Europe, editing their citizen engagement project Debating Europe, an online discussion platform focusing on European politics that crowdsources questions and comments from citizens and puts them to European policymakers and experts.
On behalf of Debating Europe, I’ve interviewed thousands of politicians and experts from across Europe over the past decade, including prime ministers, presidents, government ministers, European commissioners, MEPs, and national MPs.
I regularly moderate panel discussions, focus groups, and online debates.
I write about language learning, coding, videogames, tabletop RPGs, and other gloriously esoteric pursuits at UncaringCosmos.com.