Coworking Communities and Digital Nomads

Marjo Mordenmarjo

Welcome to the world of Digital Nomads

Several members of the City Office community consider themselves Digital Nomads

From Wikipedia, “Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.  Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, coworking spaces, or recreational vehicles.  This is often accomplished through the use of devices that have wireless Internet capabilities such as smartphones or mobile hotspots.

The term Digital Nomad was coined by Dr. Tsugio Makimoto and David Manner in 1997 in their co-authored book, which predicted that in 10 years time, inevitable changes in attitudes, technology, and communication would lead to a change in the way people work.  Dr. Makimoto said, 

“The 21st century will be the millennium which resurrects for humans a dilemma which has been dormant for 10,000 years- humans will be able to ask themselves: “Am I a Nomand or a Settler?”

As Makimoto and Manners predicted, as technology has become more affordable, the human’s natural urge to move has led to more and more people working remotely and joining the digital nomad community.  

The rise in coworking communities have also contributed to the lifestyle’s rise in popularity. 

4.8 Million and Rising

Coming in from all ages and backgrounds, 4.8 million american workers describe themselves today as digital nomads. They include web developers, virtual assistants, writers, marketers, online teachers, web and graphic designers. Digital Nomad communities exist online to find jobs, connect with like-minded individuals, and lend support to each other.

Why? Freedom.  The flexibility to shape their work/life schedules, the natural urge to travel, valuing experiences over things.  

One member said, “I chose to become digital nomad because it allowed me to structure my own day and to gain experience and acquire the skills required to run your own business as opposed to plug-in for somebody else.”

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