We all know what a nomad is: a person who carry with him his home and don’t have a specific place of residence. We all know what the word digital means or represent. But what a hell does the expression Digital Nomadism means?
Well according to Wikipedia, this is a person “who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.”
I believe this is more than that. Why?
Because three phenomena are appearing in the same time.
First: Emergence of broadband telecommunication in remote location and WiFi propagation all over the world. It’s never been so easy to have connection to the web. In some countries sometimes it’s the only way to transfer money or to be paid as the figure below shows.
Second: With the digitalization trend and the globalization, “people who are holding 2 or more jobs in this economy are not unusual. In fact, according to the most recent available numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, (2010 Census) in December of 2011 more than 7 million people in the US were holding 2 or more jobs.”
This tendency creates a fuzzy situation between the time dedicated to work and the time dedicated to leisure. As a result, you can spend your time in vacation and still be able to generate revenue and value.
Third: The increase of time in transportation and traffic. We live in a period of fears and threats which drives us to take more and more security measures to protect ourselves from potential risks. Lost time in airports or stations has been multiply by three in the last 20 years. The traffic on roads and the time spent in a queue has more than double. As a result, we work more and more at home or outside home. To be efficient you have to be able to work where you are when you want.
The digital nomadism – far from to be dedicated only to people who live in a nomadic manner – is for me a new way of life where you decide where you work, when you work and with who you work. Your nomadism is linked to the disappearance of your office and desktop.
Welcome to the iGeneration who will establish this trend as a new standard?