Counterflows: Issue #90


The best links about digital nomads, global mobility, remote work, travel, ideas, culture.


How Digital Nomads Avoid Paying Taxes: Bogdan Danchuk, founder of a tax optimisation firm called Easily Global, has been a digital nomad for 13 years. And he says he’s helped many like him reduce their tax bill to zero—giving the global middle class access to rules that were once only available to the superrich. (via Sifted)

Malaysia Built a Remote Work Paradise—Now It Just Needs People to Turn Up: With pristine beaches, robot waiters and a nomad visa requiring just $24,000 annual income, Malaysia is pulling out all the stops to lure back digital nomads. What will it take for the country to succeed against the stiff competition of other Southeast Asian countries? (via Rest of World)


Are Gringos Ruining Mexico City? Since the pandemic made remote work mainstream, Mexico City has become one of the most popular places on earth for digital nomads. So popular, in fact, that many locals are starting to feel like foreigners in their own city. (via The Missive)

How the Megalopolis of Coastal West Africa Will Shape the Coming Century: By the end of the century, Africa will be home to 40% of the world’s population—and nowhere is this breakneck-pace development happening faster than a 600-mile stretch between Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and Lagos, Nigeria. (via The Guardian)


The Rise of the 'Chief Remote Officer': While many firms have pivoted to remote work ad-hoc, others have created a new role to oversee their transformation. And even companies that had distributed teams before the pandemic are seeing the benefits of having a senior-level figure respond to the frictions and challenges of remote work. (via BBC Worklife)

Are We Ready for Anywhere Jobs? I joined author Parag Khanna and WeWork COO Samit Chopra to discuss the future of jobs and global mobility. How can a recent graduate make career progress working via Zoom? What does professional success look like in the remote economy? How will our cities change now that people no longer commute to work? (via InterIntellect x TBI)


The Secret to Being Great? Just Be Good, Repeatedly: Greatness is not instantaneous; greatness is earned. Rather than seeing greatness as something that’s always out of our reach, this essay argues it's earned through consistency, habits, and stubborn determination—and the gentle progress and exponential returns that result. (via Steph Smith)

Why Humans Are So Bad at Seeing the Future: Most people can only make predictions through their own narrow lens. Watch for the curious and interesting intersections between very large things instead: SaaS and protest movements. Pandemics and entertainment. Climate and transit. The real vision lies in seeing the connections. (via Wired)