A community of digital nomenclature wants to build an internet country for digital citizens
The year is 2025. You zip through practices in a series of quick passes to enjoy the one-year residence permit that lets you come and go as you please. Hop in Uber and head to your temporary home, shop accommodation. You sign in with a swipe app and money is withdrawn from your e-wallet -no need to mess with ATMs or exchange money.
Unconsciously connecting to superfast wifi, check emails and Asana for emergency actions. There is a message from the local tax authorities welcoming you to the country. Since you have been paying income tax to their partner country, any work you do while here is tax free.
You log in to your e-residence platform to tell your nomad community that you have landed and received a message from a friend you last saw in Bali -or was it Barcelona?- who happens to be in the area. You expect to grab a networked lunch hosted by the city’s free co-op space. With logistics and timetables in place, the one really hard part of your day to come is deciding where to go for dinner.
Welcome to the future of remote working. It may sound too good to be true, but this reality is much closer than you might think, thanks to a growing community of digital nomad founders, advocates and advocates. community building.
Between quarantines and closed borders, COVID-19 should have dealt a fatal blow to those long-haul passengers. But in the last two years, digital nomadism gone like never before.
As of 2022, yes over 35 million digital subscribers orbiting the globe, equal to the Canadian population. And with an annual spending power of $ 787 billion, they would also be seen as one of the 50 richest countries in the world after Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
When the pandemic required millions to work from home, the world has gone in to adopt remote work processes and policies. For the first time in history, jobseekers have had the opportunity to rethink their careers and office location. As international borders open up, much of the work-from-home population is now considering work-from-anywhere, rising levels of digital signatories and possibly resolving. the next great human migration.
With employees free to move anywhere with open borders and a reliable WiFi connection, a different world war for talent has begun. Growing numbers of digital signers and financial situation have forced dozens of hungry tourist countries to update their travel policies for unlimited workers.
In the summer of 2022, a handful of countries launched visa programs to attract digital signatories, starting with Estonia in June, then Barbados, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Anguilla, Antigua, and later, most of Eastern Europe. Now, 30+ countries offer some sort of incentive for remote travelers.
Girlfriend treats like income tax bankruptcy, subsidized housing, and free multiple entry has outweighed the benefits of employee work. There are so many opportunities, there are solutions just to help you “Convenience store” the perfect Airbnb country style. While not all reviews Of these shining new programs, it is worth looking at the fact that countries are so remotely courting remote workers.
Applying for the future
Getting digital signatories to new destinations may not be as easy as we thought in our introduction, but thanks to new technologies and favorable government interest, we are well on our way to realizing that vision.
Some nominators will be ambitious, like activist and author Lauren Razavi, have also begun advocating for their rights as global citizens and the future of endless work.
“Now that people have realized the benefits of working at a distance, it will not be easy to get them back into the office - as we can already see with companies competing for work policies from anywhere and “The Great Resignation ”. Instead of a move that could rise and fall, remote working is a permanent movement in the global economy, so I do not see it going anywhere, "says Razavi.
With currents and tides moving in for this move, she and others believe it's time to lay the foundations for even greater global change. "The internet has accumulated and digitized so many aspects of life, such as banking, trip sharing, and food delivery, but governments have not yet seized it," Razavi says.
With declining confidence in traditional venues and party politics in the past, it's time to do something new.
Welcome to your internet country
For hundreds of years, work was tied to one place. Just like the future of a working revolution that we see playing out before our eyes now, the action and future of nationalist states may also come.
Remote workers like Lauren (and we) want to completely redefine the role of governments in the movement and management of digital names. How come? Laying the foundation for the next generation of travel and work, an internet country called Plumia.
“Plumia is a collection of remote 1k + workers and digital namesmiths who have come together to replicate what global mobility and management structures would look like in the 21st century, ”said Razavi.
Plumia wants to build the alternative using decentralized technologies, while at the same time working with countries and institutions on policies that achieve common goals.
Plumia aims to give everyone the opportunity to become a global citizen. Started in 2022 as an independent project initially by a travel insurance company, Safety Shield, Plumia's plan is to combine the infrastructure for living anywhere geographical country activities.
Trying digital countries
What exactly does it mean to build a country on the internet? Plumia is not the only test being run. Countries like Estonia, where you can access 99% of government services online, such as company registration, online banking, and tax certification, has devised an innovative path with a digital identity that many countries could follow.
At the other end of the spectrum, Blockchain enthusiasts are also experimenting with an approach that raises the question: are traditional countries still necessary? Bitnation advocating for devolution of power by empowering voluntary participation and peer agreements. They have hosted the world’s first blockchain marriage, birth certificate, refugee emergency ID, and more as proof of concept. Razavi explained:
At its heart, Plumia is a community that creates a shared vision of the future and explores how emerging technologies can enhance people's lives. For me and others involved in the project, that's a mission worth pursuing.
Taking a community-led approach, Plumia volunteers believe they can come together to launch initiatives that will serve the citizens of the world. Currently under development, Plumia is focusing on developing member-focused services and content, including a nomad index map and a digital white paper for a nomad visa, which will be two of us co-writing. This resource scores and evaluates custom visa and residency options for place-independent talent, also provides a useful criterion for governments to formulate policy.
Verifying digital identity, maintaining a 'permanent address' while on the move, switching service providers and jurisdictions on the fly, adhering to complex tax and labor laws - these are all issues difficult to solve.
Campaigns like Plumia are jumping into a very active circle, however. In addition to countries competing to serve and attract digital names, a number of well-funded start-ups such as Jobbatical, Remote, and Oyster are creating private sector solutions to issues facing individuals and companies. astar.
It's no longer a fantasy
Digital nations may be a little off-putting, but our dream of endless living is nothing more than a flashback. In the last 18 months, remote working has evolved from finding a short-term solution - meeting profit-making to a global movement with its own voice and future. Razavi said:
I traveled around Europe last summer and everyone I spoke to thought differently about work and life. Friends who would never have considered living abroad before the pandemic are now considering a sedentary lifestyle. It feels like a new era of global mobility is beginning.
She has been hosting Plumia meetings at her home in Amsterdam, but plans to escape the winter in Kuala Lumpur. Expat Lily Bruns helped write this article from her hometown of Chiang Mai, although you may now find it exploring the Croatian coast. And podcast writer and host Leanna Lee will be "going in the name" with her husband in December, expecting a UK-Europe rally for the next few years.
The options have never been more plentiful or accessible. With the level of competition ignited between new nations, companies and “digital nations”, it is clear who the ultimate winners are: remote workers and entrepreneurs. So where will your work take you now when the world is open?
Leana Lee a content writer, solutions journalist, mental health advocate, and podcast host. With a focus on future work and well-being, she explores digital nomadism and nations, disability entrepreneurship, and mental health in remote offices and workplaces for publications and companies around the world.
Lily Bruns is a content strategist, beginner storyteller, and community builder. With a passion for the intersection of innovation and immigration, her professional playground is a world of #remotework, #digitalnomads, and #startupecosystems.