Digital Nomads: Location Independence, the Search for Freedom and the Continuing Significance of Community
In this talk, Professor of Sociology Rachael Woldoff will discuss her recent study on digital nomads. The study follows digital nomads, a subculture of creative workers who actively seek a lifestyle of freedom. Using technology to perform their jobs, they travel and move as often as they like. These digital nomads are making headlines in media outlets such as the New York Times, Forbes and Wired, and they are living examples of a larger cultural discourse about the future of cities, work and community. Digital nomads have left their local coffee shops behind and now post their “office of the day” photos from exotic locales. But what do their lives really look like? This study of digital nomads in Bali, Indonesia, presents new manifestations of classic questions about community, creativity and the role of place in the modern human ecosystem, providing new insights into people’s efforts to live fulfilling lives in the digital age.