Counterflows: Issue #82
A nomadic writer's guide to borderless living.
Global real estate firm Savills has released a new ranking of the best destinations for remote workers and digital nomads. “The pandemic has been a catalyst for execs to make the jump,” said Paul Tostevin, director of world research at Savills. “Lisbon offers the advantages of city living and the benefits of the EU.” (via Bloomberg)
This longform story explores the Digital Nomads Madeira project, launched by Gonçalo Hall in collaboration with the Portuguese government. The goal? To rejuvenate Madeira’s stagnant tourism economy by bringing remote workers and digital nomads to the island. It turned out to be a social experiment as much as an economic one. (via GQ)
It seems like everybody wants to work remotely these days, but new research estimates that only a third of companies are offering employees remote and flexible terms. This is causing disruption across the global talent market, as companies fail to keep pace with people’s expectations of work. (via BBC Worklife)
The number one work thing I hear people complain about is pointless meetings. This conversation with Jordan Husney, founder and CEO of remote meetings app Parabol, dives into best practice for meetings, how to identify dysfunctional meeting culture, and creating team rituals for effective work. (via SafetyWing)
From basic principles to debunking myths, this extensive guide to asynchronous collaboration offers practical, step-by-step advice for thinking, working, and building team culture in entirely new ways. Includes useful tactics and resources for every level of a company—from employees to managers to business leaders. (via Almanac)
This new podcast explores the most complicated challenges facing our world, and talks to the people who are rolling up their sleeves to build future-proof solutions. This episode asks: Could charter cities—a model inspired by the success of places like Singapore and Shenzhen—be a path to accelerating growth in emerging economies? (via Stripe Press)