Have you ever considered the roots and implications of the nomad community and movement? What inspires us to want to be a part of it, and how does it reflect the times we live in? We look at a few ways in which we incline towards it, and why that might be.
Once upon a time, single atoms realised they could fare off much better if they joined forces with fellow single atoms, and complex organisms began to form. The first communities were born. The human story begins with the impulse to organise into a group, be it for higher survival chances, sense of belonging, or increased awareness, and this is sociologically vital to understand. Community building is so deeply engrained in our DNA, that it is no wonder as individual humans, we crave to be a part of something bigger.
Throughout the centuries, as species, we honed in our community building skills, moving from nomadic groups, to agricultural, industrialised, and urbanised societies. While the type and complexity of the group building kept changing, the basic principles and needs of a community remained transferable. Establishing a sense of belonging, creating a functional and helpful structure for its members, and providing safe space for growth are only a few of those.
As a remote worker, nomad, entrepreneur, or someone who aspires to be one, you might not even be aware of the underlying currents that make the nomadic community so attractive and so well set up as a sustainable model of a social group and movement.
The nomad community is all about creating a sense of belonging for modern humans who think globally rather than purely in local terms. The thirst for discovering new places, connecting with people from all over the world, sharing talent, creativity, ideas, and lives, is what drives nomadism today forward. The infinite possibilities of professional and personal exchange, which are not bound to geographical areas, are a perk of the nomad community movement which cannot be undermined.
The nomad community today is unique in that it stretches beyond borders, and exists and communicates virtually, from all over the globe. In a time when travel is the easiest it has ever been, with thousands of people making use of the relatively new found freedom of roaming, communities have to adapt in order to keep providing that much needed sense of belonging which can no longer be confined to a specific geographical area. The solution for this it seems, is building a global network based on shared values of work and play, distributed world widely.
Our programmed DNA set up which strives for cooperation is nowadays extended to finding that cooperation outside of our immediate surroundings, thereby providing a much better chance of finding help, as well as being helpful. Consider the impact you could have made with any type of work you are doing now even just fifty years ago, and consider the limitless reach you have at your fingertips today. This goes both ways. Whether you are a professional looking to offer your services, or a company looking for those services, you now have an extended network of the community to approach and select from. More talent, more learning from each other, higher likelihood of finding the right fit.
The nomad community today is also culturally variable, instead of culturally similar. The increased diversity of the community makes it more creative, more efficient, and more open minded. There is nothing like coming into contact with different cultures when it comes to cultivating a more accepting worldview, which also leads to increased willingness to exchange of out of the box ideas and therefore constantly re-evaluate and update best practices, approaches, and ways of getting things done. All in all, the more exposed to varied information we are, the more our brain tends to be able to pick the best of it and apply it.
The modern day nomadic movement is developing on the basis of our DNA wiring for community, but reflects the times we live in, and as long as we can understand the forces and importance of both, and use them to grow and build a better functioning society as a whole, we are on the right track.
By Manuela Mitevova