Phil Noble

  • Spring 2001

Phil Noble is recognized globally as one of the leading experts on uses of the Internet in the civic sector – in politics, media, government and public affairs.

Phil first became involved in politics at 9 years old, handing our brochures for John Kennedy’s presidential campaigns in 1960 – and has since been continuously involved in politics and civic affairs in the US and in 45 countries around the world.

Noble received a BS degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1974 after independent undergraduate study at Cambridge University in England. He also did graduate study at the University of Stockholm. He then worked as a Legislative Assistant in the US Senate and in 1979 started Phil Noble and Associates, a political and public affairs consulting firm. The firm  has been involved in more than 350 corporate, public affairs projects and political campaigns in the 40 states and 35 countries including 25 campaigns to elect the President or Prime Minister in countries of North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The firm’s innovative strategies and work were widely praised included a lead story profile of Noble in the Wall Street Journal. 

In 1996, Noble founded PoliticsOnline, the premier international company providing news, tools and strategies for the civic sector globally. The company’s products and services have been used by over 900 clients in over 50 countries. The company is responsible for over a dozen major innovations and industry first in the field.  He has authored two books including the first-ever Guide to the Internet and Politics and numerous articles on the Internet, media, communications and politics for U.S. and international publications.

The firm has developed major new media, technology and e-democracy projects for such clients as the European Union and European Parliament, Council of Europe, United Nations/Papandreou Foundation, Metropolis/World Bank, The BBC, AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann Foundation, CropLife International, The International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, governments in Sweden, Holland, Australia, Spain, Malta, over a dozen political parties and numerous NGOs.

Noble is a frequent commentator and analyst for US and international media. He is speaker and lecturer for university, corporate and public policy seminars and courses in the U.S. and internationally. For seven years, Noble annually taught a course on Campaigns, Democracies and the Internet at the University of Amsterdam. In Feb. 2001, he was a Resident Fellow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He also serves on various advisory and editorial boards at ten other colleges and universities in the US and internationally.

Noble, was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1994 and currently serves as President of the SC New Democrats. He was also founder of the Palmetto Project and One Laptop Per Child / SC.  He lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and two children.