The obvious has been work from home, and working remotely around the world.
The less obvious trend has been when families adopt this, as a distributed family unit. using the technologies to stay connected.
For example a friend shifted countries for work, wife stayed behind and they alternated going back and forth. Not an ideal set up, but a way to maximize the opportunity and also alternate between two hemispheres. The tools make this more seamless.
Or, kids out of school and to the other side of the world for a few months. Or sailing around the world on a boat. Using the tools to stay working, connecting and growing.
Or another, the kids are now at university, around the world, and the family keeps in touch, near constantly.
This in my mind is a logical step of remote work but maybe an under appreciated one. Beyond education, what new opportunities does the distributed family unit create?
I thought I’d blogged on this before, it seems not.
But wouldn’t it be neat, to have a world citizen passport, one that allowed freedom of movement, to live and work.
Passports, naturally, provide freedom of movement with reciprocal agreements between countries. And we can apply for visas to work in different countries.
But what if there was a passport, anyone could apply for, that gave this ‘global citizenship’. With the added distinction of being able to live and work.
It’s not for everyone, but there is a pool of highly capable folks, who can shift and work/live around the world. And if such a pool of passport holders existed, who wouldn’t want to grant them time.
It’s not without quirks, tax structures need to work within it. But it could work. I’m not sure who would govern it, UN? Someone else?
This probably exists in some form already, if you know what it is, please do share.
I was listening to the Longform chat with David Grann (thanks for Noah for sharing). I enjoyed it so much, I ended up listening to all four of their interviews!
I like how he describes tackling stories and an idea, to go into a story and see how it unfurls. he talks on the Squidhunter, where he (over) pitched the story. Then reality didn’t match up, to the intended story. Which he was stressed about. But that was ok, the story that unfurled was interesting and that was the story.
With entrepreneurship, it’s the same, staying open minded, agile and seeing how it unfurls is key. Sometimes there are things you can shape and form, but it’s net net it’s better to see how things play out and adjust.
That’s counter, to the stereotype of entrepreneurs, but really is a skill of the best.
I particularly enjoyed this snipped of Kevin Kelly’s chat with Tim Ferris:
“I think I had some advice in the book. I put it that I think we over overemphasize our productivity and efficiency, but the most powerful thing you can do for productivity is to — the best thing for your work ethic is to have a rest ethic.” -Kevin Kelly
What a wonderful perspective. If only collectively we put as much work into thinking about rest & rejuvenation, as we do about productivity.
We all have a todo list, goals, bucket list. What about developing our rest ethic, defining our time off, how we want to spend our rest time.
The chat digs into sabbaticals & time off, same thing, taking some time to wander to explore, to tinker. What else is all that hard work for!
Tickling the brain, expanding the mind, building new things.