open movement° connects digital nomads across the world

Makerspace

With the so-called gig economy on the rise, it’s of little surprise that caffeine-fuelled communities of shiny Mac owners are sprouting across cities. But there is little in the way of something that connects these micro-workers together with the resources needed to make them flourish…until now.

open movement° has emerged as a digital meeting place, connecting micro-workers with useful tools: http://movement.open.co At the time of writing, there are more than 600 hubs named on the open movement°  website located all over the world (from Brazil to Indonesia) across a very diverse range, from popups to makerspaces, and more than 70 tools/resources are listed that include websites, articles, apps and courses. The open movement° creators are looking for people to help build the digital meeting space:

We champion the hubs where people come together to make new ideas happen and the tools they use to create, sustain and grow these places.

You’re invited – please help us create this digital meeting place.

So there you go.

I should add at this point that open movement° has been built with the support and encouragement of my employer, the British Council, specifically the Creative Economy Team.

The rise of the gig economy

FT journo John Gapper writes about the new ‘gig’ economy – and at the time of writing it’s the publication’s most read article of the day. He talks about the end of the lifetime career and the rise of the self-employed, believing there to be a lot of potential in the new world of work:

Days earlier there was an op-ed in The Guardian by NYU professor Arun Sundarajan on the gig economy, The ‘gig’ economy is coming. He writes that while “empowering” about being a boss (a better work-life balance can be achieved) there is something reassuring about company benefits, regular work hours and a regular income:

These are exciting times, and greater individual empowerment can be no bad thing.

Shanghai, Beijing among most expensive cities in the world

Juba

Switzerland might the happiest country in the world, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to move there any time soon: four Swiss cities are named among the most expensive cities worldwide for international assignees in ECA International’s Cost of Living survey.

The singularly most pricey city in the world, however, rocketing into first place from 9th spot last year, is Juba in South Sudan. Entering the top 10 for the first time are Shanghai (8) and Beijing (9). Having lived in Shanghai myself, I can attest to the high cost of living there – however, don’t let that put you off: there are great opportunities in China for people with the right mindset!