Counterflows #51: Managing Your Creativity, Internet-Driven Mass Migration, WFH Futures

Your offbeat guide to distributed work and borderless living.

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I spoke with journalist Kate Appleton about the work from anywhere movement for Tatler Asia’s Gen.T website. Thoughts on:

  • 🌍 Developing a global, cross-cultural view

  • 🏝️ Why nomads are better than tourists

  • 🌟 The big brands targeting remote workers

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🌎🌟 The Internet Will Drive Mass Migration and Digital Subcultures (Nathan Baschez)

In this brief Twitter thread, media entrepreneur Nathan Baschez ponders the future of online and offline subcultures now that remote work is the norm. He highlights tech workers flocking from Silicon Valley to Miami as an example of how the internet will drive mass migrations this century.

🏢🏝️ Four Times a Year in the Office: Atlassian Goes All in on WFH (Sydney Morning Herald)

Australian tech company Atlassian, which has 5,000+ workers worldwide, has announced staff will only be required to visit their nearest office four times per year under its new Team Anywhere policy. People can choose to locate anywhere the company has an entity and they have the legal right to work.

🏘️💻 Work From Home Is Saving Google $1 Billion a Year (LA Times)

Remote work has the potential to save companies a lot of money—and some are starting to realise just how much. This news story highlights Google’s $268 million saving on quarterly expenses (that's $1 billion annually) such as company promotions, travel, and entertainment during the pandemic. So, what happens next?

👔🎨 Managing Yourself: So, You Think You’re Not Creative? (Harvard Business Review)

This story from Duncan Wardle, former VP of innovation and creativity at Walt Disney, offers three actionable ways to tap into your creativity. It also looks at the growing importance of creativity, intuition, curiosity, and imagination—the stuff robots suck at—for the future of work.

📈✍️ How I Grew My Newsletter From 0 to 2.9k Subs in 6 Months (Indie Hackers)

In this forum post, indie maker Will Lawrence explains how he built a newsletter subscriber list from scratch. Whatever the theme, format, or purpose of your emails, this easy-to-read breakdown is full of practical tips and insights. (I'm new to Indie Hackers, so say hello if you're over there!)

💰🇦🇷 A Pro-Trump Bitcoin Bro Stole Argentina’s Google Domain and Broke the Internet (Rest of World)

Last month, a small-town dad in Argentina made internet history. Nicolás Kuroña managed to buy and register Google’s Argentine domain name. He found it for sale, bought it, and then tweeted, amassing 75,000+ likes in 24 hours. This story documents Kuroña’s overnight rise to folk hero status.

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