A (digital) nation for digital nomads

From writers to entertainers, “freelance” knights to explorers, people have been taking their work on the road for centuries.

More recently, the rise of web-based remote work has led to a huge wave of digital nomads. But outdated political, immigration, and tax systems, and unwilling bosses still make going nomad messy.

It’s time to rethink our approach.

Let’s take the process of going nomad online.

If nothing else, COVID-19 has taught us that digital systems for healthcare, grocery delivery, civil court, and other daily functions can work, if built to last.

With over 35 million digital nomads roaming the world today, we’re overdue for a systemic overhaul.

And it needs to start online. How?

By creating a country on the internet designed to support digital nomads

Digital nations are entities designed to improve on or replace government functions by offering services, community, and citizenship benefits online.

Sounds incredible, I know, but some of these projects have existed for several years (Google “Wirtland” when you have time). Even better, there’s already one geared towards digital nomads. And yes, I’m a member!

It’s called Plumia.

Our goal is to bring like-minded people together to to create a structure for living and working anywhere.

As founding board member Lauren Razavi said, “There is an opportunity for internet countries to build alternatives that are more effective, more efficient and better reflect the standards of user experience people expect.”

In a world where infrastructure lags heavily behind innovation, digital nations like Plumia can (and should) lead the future of borderless work.

Originally published on Twitter. Follow my #ship20for30 journey here and @leannalost!

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Future of work and wellbeing writer-journalist and advocate. Co-host of business podcast, Bettermental. Lead writer at digital nation, Plumia.

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Leanna Lee

Leanna Lee

Future of work and wellbeing writer-journalist and advocate. Co-host of business podcast, Bettermental. Lead writer at digital nation, Plumia.

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