In our previous article, we spoke about the foundational elements of remote work and how embracing it can lead to exponential benefits. Lavinia Iosub, the Managing Partner at Livit and Founder of Remote Skills Academy, brought her wealth of knowledge to the table, sharing her experience with the fascinating world of remote work.
Continuing from where we left off, Lavinia and Oluchi discussed the topic of digital nomad lifestyles. There’s a world out there where professionals are no longer confined to physical offices. This world, often termed “digital nomadism,” is not just about work—it’s about achieving an unprecedented work-life balance while hopefully also contributing to local communities.
Digital Nomadism: A Gateway to Decentralization
Digital nomadism can be a potent solution for decentralization. The growing number of countries offering nomad visas is a testament to this (currently 45+). Countries that are early to adapt to location-independent and digital realities, and start offering “country-as-a-service” packages, like Estonia, will reap substantial benefits.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that digital nomadism, while it reduces gentrification back home, might lead to gentrification and challenges for the local host communities when a certain destination becomes popular among the nomads. These challenges, of course, can be tackled, but they require awareness and careful consideration.
Being a Nomad and a Sustainability-Aware Global Citizen
One of the recurring questions is: Can you be a digital nomad and have a positive impact on the environment?
The answer isn’t straightforward. A digital nomad lifestyle often involves frequent flights, leading to a negative environmental impact due to increased CO2 emissions. However, if you’re a “slowmad”—moving less frequently and making informed, eco-friendly choices—you can reduce your footprint.
Remote Work: The Ultimate Equalizer or Divider?
In terms of the societal problems that remote work can alleviate, the most significant one is the inequality of opportunities. Remote work can serve as a game-changer by providing a level playing field, reducing the importance of geographical location and the pedigree of formal education. The essential factor becomes your ability to deliver quality work on time.
This shift is precisely what the Remote Skills Academy, founded by Lavinia in 2020, aims to achieve—equip individuals with the necessary skills to thrive in a remote work setup, opening up a world of opportunities. Read more on this fascinating topic on Lavinia’s Substack post here.
Bali: A Melting Pot of Culture and Innovation
Lavinia speaks fondly of her connection to Bali, the island she calls home for most of the year. Bali is not just a beautiful island filled with breathtaking landscapes—it’s a place teeming with innovation and progress. This is where Livit and the Remote Skills Academy have established their headquarters.
The island attracts some of the world’s most innovative people, becoming a hub for networking and social events. From local cultural traditions to fascinating landscapes, to the plethora of professional opportunities, Bali truly offers something for everyone.
Lavinia’s own journey paints a vivid picture of the untapped potential of remote work and digital nomadism. By leveraging these paradigms, we can strive towards a more equitable and connected global society.
This blog post was based on an interview conducted with Lavinia Iosub by GroWrk. They discussed the trends and impacts of remote work, providing unique insights into the rapidly evolving landscape of the digital workspace.