Digital nomadism, the “have internet, will travel” work style that was once only a dream for many people, is becoming part of the mainstream. This Thursday, CTW community member Steve King presented his new research, which revealed that the population of American workers self-describing as digital nomads has steadily risen, from 7.3 million in 2019 to a whopping 16.9 million in 2022. This is a digital nomad growth of 131% over three years. During the call, we discussed this growing segment of the workforce and what the future looks like.
Steve King is a Partner at Emergent Research and a Senior Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research. He leads ongoing research identifying, analyzing and forecasting the trends and shifts impacting the future of work and the small business sector of the global economy.
Joining him was Rowena Hennigan, a well known digital nomad and remote work expert, who lives by the ethos #workisnotaplace, and speaks and writes about remote work to audiences around the globe.
Also, adding valuable insight to the conversation was Steve Tsentserensky, a successful digital nomad currently residing and working in Croatia.
WHAT: CTW Community bi-monthly meeting
WHERE: Watch/Listen Here!
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 12-1pm EST
HOW: We meet every third Thursday at 12pm EST. Register for a free CTW membership here and join us on the next call.
Chat room transcript:
00:12:17 Ana from Outvise: Welcome!
00:12:25 Dr. Rochelle Haynes: Welcome Haleh!
00:13:19 Henry Crabtree – Wazoku: welcome all!
00:13:30 Link: Kayla nice to meet you. Feel free to share your company and LinkedIn links
00:14:16 Dr. Rochelle Haynes: Welcome everyone!
00:14:18 Rowena Hennigan: Welcome Leon!
00:14:43 CTW: All attendees – feel free to drop you contact info, website URL, etc. in the chat which will get published on our blog.
00:14:48 Leon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliverleontriana/
00:15:04 Kayla Brown: Amazing! xolo.io and https://www.linkedin.com/in/kjbrown22/
00:15:06 Leon: www.wearepenpaper.com
00:15:19 Uncompany: HI everyone! I am Maari Casey, CEO of Uncompany http://weareuncompany.com/
00:15:23 Uncompany: Nice to meet you!
00:15:36 Haleh Fardi – ProCFO Partners: https://www.linkedin.com/in/halehfardi/
00:15:54 Leon: Thanks Rowena 🙂
00:17:57 Ana from Outvise: Here’s the link to join our Say ‘Goodbye’ to Talent Shortage webinar on Nov. 29th: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8716684186885/WN_t9-gAEmOSze_NApZ7nz8dA
00:18:10 Ashley Proctor: Creative Blueprint & Coworking Canada: https://creativeblueprint.ca
00:19:15 Ana from Outvise: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-elena-kramarenko/
00:19:25 Paul Mikhaylenko: Hey everyone, Paul here, founder/CEO of bloom.io (Business in a Box for Freelancers)
00:20:01 CTW: The previous CTW call has a complete overview of the Trusted Platform Provider program. You can find the recording here: https://transformationofwork.org/blog/ctw-meeting-november-3-the-trusted-platform-partner-program
00:20:09 Bondili, Balaji: John, please write this book.
00:20:28 Bondili, Balaji: The unnetworked economy.
00:21:25 Rowena Hennigan: #GeoArbitage
00:21:26 Ashley, UntapSocial: Literally the life for me 😉
00:21:50 Link: Now that Starlink is mobile….watch out world!
00:22:03 Dr. Rochelle Haynes: So guilty of this! Sneaking off to Barbados to work from the beach during less busy company times.
00:22:15 CTW: Check out Turing’s event in December: https://go.turing.com/boundaryless/
00:23:42 Rowena Hennigan: Nomadism – combining remote work and travel is mainstream now, check out my LI course on it: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/becoming-a-digital-nomad/ – I will GIFT you a free link for a months access if you connect and DM me 🙂
00:24:03 CTW: Steve King: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveking2/
00:26:03 McLean Robbins: Drop questions as we go – I’ll push to Steve at the end!
00:28:51 Rowena Hennigan: List of DN Visa/checker tool: https://www.wfa.team/digital-nomad-visas/
00:29:29 McLean Robbins: Full report is here: https://www.mbopartners.com/state-of-independence/digital-nomads/
00:29:51 Haleh Fardi – ProCFO Partners: Nice to meet everyone and honored to be part of this community. I have a scheduling conflict today and need to leave early. See you next time! stay warm.
00:30:16 John Healy: Recording will be sent out…look forward to having you back!
00:36:30 CTW: Rowena (Ro) Hennigan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowena-hennigan/
00:36:33 Ashley, UntapSocial: Are there certain recessionary factors currently impacting the rise of digital nomads? Or, having a reverse affect?
00:37:02 CTW: Steve Tsentserensky: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-tsentserensky/
00:43:36 Rowena Hennigan: Steve and I were on the team that came 8th in the World Championships in Olive picking last month on Brac Island, Croatia 🫒
00:43:56 Uncompany: I wanna see that trophy!
00:44:00 Dr. Rochelle Haynes: 😄
00:47:33 Rowena Hennigan: Competencies for effective remote worker: https://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/content/features/what-makes-a-high-potential-remote-worker
00:49:37 CTW: Steve King – Is the rise of digital nomad due to the growth of platforms? Is there a direct correlaltion in your research?
00:51:49 Albert: I’d be really interested to know the confidence relationship between platform based nomads and network based nomads. I’d be interested to see if platform based nomads feel as confident about security and whether that affects willingness to travel (perhaps positively as there are fewer long term costs)
00:53:24 Rowena Hennigan: Interesting to me from an education perspective that platforms are educating users to be freelancers….with 121 support
00:55:34 Rowena Hennigan: Make the connections online and consolidate them in person…
00:56:36 Rowena Hennigan: Find out more about nomads and their stories: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/finding-your-own-pace-support-more-sustainable-meet-rowena-ro-/
00:58:31 McLean Robbins: https://www.mbopartners.com/state-of-independence/corporate-digital-nomad-policy/ — downloadable policy
00:58:33 Dr. Rochelle Haynes: Yes absolutely. Companies are beginning to respond to rise in nomading which is promising
00:59:09 Dr. Rochelle Haynes: Have to jump in another meeting but great to see you all again 🙂
00:59:57 Uncompany: I have to jump into another meeting but look forward to getting to know everyone in the future! https://www.linkedin.com/in/maaricasey/
01:00:11 James Wright: On the subject of isolation, loneliness and what Steve mentioned around the need to resilience and a tough mindset, is the concept of a Digital ‘Nomadic Community’an oxymoron, or could that / is that a thing ?
01:00:43 CTW: Thanks to MBO Partners for supporting this research!
01:01:06 Rowena Hennigan: #WorkIsNotAPlace…
01:01:12 Ashley Proctor: Genuine coworking spaces are designed for community and collaboration – it’s not about workspace.
01:01:16 CTW: Thank you Steve, Steve and Ro!!
01:01:41 Rowena Hennigan: Yes! @Ashley
01:02:05 Rowena Hennigan: Digital Nomad village – best practice – https://digitalnomads.startupmadeira.eu/
01:02:28 Ashley, UntapSocial: Thank you so much John, Rowena and Steve(s). Such a great discussion, love this topic!
01:02:40 CTW: 12/1 CTW call with Jeff Schwartz of Gloat.
01:02:48 Steve Tsentserensky: Thanks everyone! Please eel free to connect with me, happy to chat more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-tsentserensky/
01:02:51 Ashley Proctor: Thanks so much! great info