Counterflows: Issue #77
A nomadic writer's guide to borderless living.
Hi folks 👋
Here I am in all my glory as an Amsterdam parakeet (bird avatars are a company tradition at SafetyWing—drawn by the super talented Nikolett!):
Long-time readers of this newsletter will know I’ve been involved with this project for more than a year, interviewing experts as host of the Plumia Speaker Series and being an active member of the Discord community. It feels incredibly special to have the opportunity to work on this full-time and for the long-term.
Plumia champions a human-centric future where the systems governing our lives are:
⚖️ fair and equal
If that sounds like your kind of party, apply to join our movement now (it’s free).
In 2022, we're launching a collection of ambitious, collaborative projects across research, policy, tech, storytelling and design. Our ultimate goal is to create an internet country offering the infrastructure to live anywhere. And we have wild plans to bring that vision to life over the next 10 years.
This newsletter will continue in its current form—as an experimental space where I share links about remote work, digital nomads, creativity and travel on a weekly(ish) basis. I’ll also be posting on Twitter and LinkedIn more as we build Plumia in public.
The 11,654-mile journey takes 21 days, and train enthusiasts believe that it’s the longest continuous rail journey on earth. (via Independent)
If 2021 was the year “Head of Remote” became a priority job title, 2022 may be the year “Head of Nomads” does the same. (via Harvard Business Review)
Atlantic writer Derek Thompson interviews author Anne Helen Petersen about work as an identity, and burnout as a policy choice. (via The Ringer)
Humans may soon live to be 100, which could mean many more years of work before retirement. To prepare, we need to redesign our approach to work. (via The Atlantic)
Tech workers are quitting Google, Meta, Amazon and others for what they say is a once-in-generation opportunity with crypto. Are they crazy? (via NY Times)
Would you be willing to pay someone to listen to you vent? Apparently “listening” is now its own industry, and demand is skyrocketing. (via Salon)