Remote work is just the beginning. Welcome to the era of digital nomads.

One of the nomad movement’s leading voices reveals the story of borderless work. Brimming with insights, research, and interviews, Global Natives is an essential guide for navigating how we got here and what comes next.

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Global Natives

The New Frontiers of Work, Travel, and Innovation

by Lauren Razavi

While most people were commuting to the office, a small group of remote workers traveled the world as digital nomads. Some predict there’ll be a billion of them by 2035. What would that mean for the future of work, life, culture, society, and business?

It might be surprising, but the idea of location independence is nothing new. As far back as the 1960s, sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke said people would be able to “work from Bali, just as well as from London” by the 2010s. Lauren Razavi was one of the early adopters who proved him right, building a career on the road. Today, she’s one of the digital nomad movement’s leading voices and activists.

In her debut book, Razavi delves into the origins of digital nomads and the history of work from anywhere. She introduces us to the people, values, and ideas shaping a borderless world, from visionary designers and self-help gurus to crypto-anarchists and climate refugees.

Global Natives is a vivid, thoughtful exploration of how the internet has changed the human relationship with place. If you’re curious about digital nomads and borderless living beyond the hype, this is the book for you.

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About the Author
Lauren Razavi
Lauren Razavi is a writer, speaker, and activist who has lived in more than 40 countries. A remote worker for more than a decade, she has held location-independent roles in the music, media, and software industries. Currently, Lauren is a tech policy fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where she’s helping policymakers understand the implications of remote work and digital nomads for the future of citizenship. Lauren’s writing appears in Wired, VICE, The Guardian, and The Atlantic, and she writes a free weekly newsletter, Counterflows, about distributed work and borderless living.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Digital Nomads
An Assignment in Bali
Building a Jungle Business
Notebook Nomads
Portable Technologies
From Vision to Counterculture
Who is a Digital Nomad?
How Nomads Make Money
The Art of Lifestyle Design
Chapter 2: Visas and Knowledge Hubs
Estonia: An Internet Country?
The World’s First Nomad Visa
Expat Residents and Nomad Visitors
A Workspace Raid in Chiang Mai
Local Jobs, Global Work
Neocolonialism and Global Gentrification
The Modern Hippie Trail
Knowledge Hubs for the Remote Economy
Chapter 3: Global Mobility
Pirates in Istanbul
The Fight for Global Mobility Rights
Nomads and Passport Power
Citizenship for Sale
Refugees and Climate Change
The Future of Innovation is Distributed
Chapter 4: Borderless Living
An Airport Lounge in Amsterdam
Designing Spaces for Mobile Citizens
Nomads as Global Consumers
Subscription Living and Slow Travel
The New Global Middle Class
Chapter 5: The New Globalism
Nomads in New York
The Global Village
Building New Institutions
Online Communities Go Offline
The Birth of a Global Culture

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