Hi, I'm Lauren 👋
Writer. Speaker. Strategist. Nomad.
I've been working globally and remotely for 10+ years with roles in the music, media and software industries. In February 2021, I was recognised as one of the world's top 75 remote work influencers by Remote.
I've visited 40+ countries and published 250+ media stories with titles like The Guardian, VICE, Digiday, and Wired. My first book, Global Natives: The New Frontiers of Work, Travel & Innovation, examines the rise of digital nomads and will be published by Holloway in September 2021.
My work spans technology, business, policy, and human behaviour. I advise and consult for clients such as Google, Amazon, Emirates, Royal Bank of Canada, Randstad, and the Singapore Government. I am also part of the founding team at Plumia, a project aiming to build a country on the internet.
My weekly Counterflows newsletter is read by 1,200+ curious people from across the globe. In it, I curate links about my specialist areas: the future of work, work from anywhere, distributed work, nomad visas, internet culture, creativity, and the craft of writing.
I'm half-British and half-Iranian, and I've lived across the UK, Europe, the US, India, Southeast Asia and Australia, sometimes as a foreign reporter and sometimes as a digital nomad.
I was a Guardian Masterclasses speaker from 2015 to 2018, and I've appeared at events like London's Battle of Ideas and the Women of the World Festival. Learn more on my speaking page.
I've won a handful awards, including IPSE’s Young Freelancer of the Year Prize in 2016 and UEA's Innovation and Impact Award in 2019. I'm a graduate of the University of East Anglia in Norwich (BA politics, MA creative writing) and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London.
Talk to me about: remote work, work from anywhere, digital nomads, remote work visas, global culture, the internet, the creator economy, subscription living, and knowledge cities.