March 9, 2022
Charter in partnership with Time recently published insight from Constance Hadley, Lecturer of Management and Organizations, on her thoughts about establishing a portable community whilst leading a “nomadic” lifestyle.
This article highlights the increase in workers across the U.S transitioning to “nomadic” lifestyles since the rapid implementation of remote work. Without being constrained to a daily office commute, young workers are increasingly traveling and less dependent on settling into one place. Though this lifestyle allows workers to travel at will and experience a plethora of cities and experiences, it has also proven to hinder one’s ability to join in a community. This can lead to loneliness and can negatively affect the workers’ ability to network and advance their careers.
Constance suggests that these “digital nomads” seek out portable communities to address those issues. She suggests that they find communities that feel open to travelers by connecting them with people who have shared values or customs, similar to the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous.
“AA is a portable community that’s been incredibly successful for decades,” she says, “It has a set of practices, a set of rules, and a code of conduct and care for each other.”