Counterflows: Issue #75
A nomadic writer's guide to borderless living.
The Great Migration: Remote Work, Digital Nomads and the Future of Citizenship
My new policy paper with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change just launched! Here’s the synopsis:
The shift to remote work will shape the foundations of economic life this decade—with implications for more than just the office. The internet enables people to work from anywhere, and that’s making it harder for governments to attract and retain citizens. If a country’s package isn’t globally competitive, it’s increasingly easy for people to relocate.
For policymakers, this presents both challenges and opportunities. Digital nomads, remote work visas, and talent incentives signal a future where regular migration is part of many more people’s lives. Location is becoming more fluid and flexible, and the relationship between nation-states and citizens is changing. How can countries harness the potential and thrive in this new context?
You can read the online version now. There’s also a Twitter thread summary if you want a tasty appetiser first. Oh, and you should join me and the TBI team on Twitter Spaces tomorrow for a live chat about this research—timezones and auto-reminders via the link. Thanks for reading ✌️
A positive mindset is key to staying cheerful and productive in the coldest, darkest months—especially during a pandemic that refuses to end. This story explores what we can take from research and life in the Arctic North to keep ourselves healthy and happy at this time of year. (via Guardian)
We all know that working from home is not always ideal—especially if you live in a cramped city centre apartment. Employees of tech startup Everli told their bosses they wanted to work and travel, so the company now has a “work from anywhere” talent strategy, giving staff facilitated access to destinations in rural Italy. (via Sifted)
Six years ago, Pieter Levels predicted there'd be a billion digital nomads by 2035. The events of the past two years make his vision seem a lot less far-fetched. In this podcast interview, Pieter talks about the future of remote work and what the world will look like as millions of people become location-independent in the years ahead. (via Building Remotely)
Teams continue to struggle with a remote work basic: asynchronous communication. The era of workplace presenteeism is over now, and so is the "always switched on" mentality that led to so much corporate burnout. The next challenge we face is using digital tools to create an effective distributed work culture. Here’s how. (via Ness Labs)
Contently founder Shane Snow explores why it took a pandemic for people to finally ditch in-person meetings and embrace doing business virtually. Based on research in behavioural science, he argues that generosity, novelty, curation, and awe are more important for influencing others than being in a room with them. (via LinkedIn)
This podcast interview with writer Courtney E. Martin digs into the power of asking yourself new and unexpected questions, explores what a successful adult existence looks like, and highlights the importance of discovering your “first question”—the fundamental curiosity that carries you through life. (via Hurry Slowly)
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