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Counterflows: Issue #80
A nomadic writer's guide to borderless living.
Hi folks 👋
I’ve spent this past week at a SafetyWing team retreat in Tulum, Mexico, meeting my colleagues in-person for the first time. I have a natural aversion to organised fun, so felt sceptical and slightly anxious beforehand (think “first day of school” vibes).
But it turned out to be a great experience. I don’t think I’ve ever been among a more talented, bold, smart, and radical group of people—and I’ve found myself in some pretty awesome rooms with some pretty awesome people over the years.
Also, SafetyWingers = total nerds 🤓
I’m heading back to the UK (Norwich and London) for April and May, then spending June in Amsterdam. Hit me up if you wanna hang out in one of those places.
This story gives a brief overview of how a new Spanish law is opening the country’s door to remote workers and digital nomads. The government invites new arrivals to move to towns and villages in need of revitalisation, in the hope this approach will create win-wins for both nomads and locals. (via Euronews)
This reflective piece considers how stagnation and complacency impact a person’s growth, and why leaving a place he was happy to live in was a good decision for its author. (Sidenote: Derek Sivers’ book Anything You Want offers an offbeat and unexpected take on entrepreneurship and was one of my favourite reads of 2021.) (via Derek Sivers)
This detailed post offers guidance for more effective communications in remote contexts, with an emphasis on the contribution good writing makes to both good business decisions and individual success. Includes plenty of practical advice on writing well and recruiting new team members who do so. (via Pulse)
Tomorrow’s offices will be primarily social spaces—that’s according to Harvard Business School professor Prithwiraj Choudhury. His research shows remote workers are more productive, more loyal, and less likely to leave, giving their companies an advantage over the competition. This Q&A digs down into what the world of work will look like in a decade’s time. (via Philadelphia Inquirer)
My team at SafetyWing has compiled a list of remote companies that will prioritise job applications from those impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. If you know someone who could be helped by this resource, please share the link with them. If you want to add your company to the list, reply to this email. (via Building Remotely)
This book delves into the wild, murky world of countries buying and selling citizenships. The wealthy often seek out new passports for tax reasons, but there’s a lesser-known group of stateless people for whom acquiring a new citizenship is a matter of survival. Abrahamian meets some of the border-hopping characters navigating the world as global citizens. (via Atossa Araxia Abrahamian)