by | Apr 18, 2016 | ALL ABOUT THE LIM

The Location Independent Movement can be defined as the individuals, businesses and resources surrounding a lifestyle based on the ability to live and work from anywhere you want.”

Throughout history, the social evolution of humanity has been driven by grassroots movements fighting for the rights of minorities and raising awareness of issues that often threaten the status quo. The Women’s Suffrage Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the LGBTI Movement(s), the Global Warming Awareness Movement, the Occupy Movement, to name but a few.

Not all movements appeal to everyone, obviously. During my in-depth research, Wikipedia lists a number of movements I didn’t even realise were a thing. The Arts and Crafts Movement, for example. There are also movements that appeal to a very particular set of values. See Free the Nipple Movement (not actually on the list, but I’ll fix that).

One movement that did NOT appear on this list, (a situation which we at Coworkation are doing our darnedest to amend in our own way) is the Location Independent Movement. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to offer a series of blogs about the LIM, and what better place to start than identifying the WHY behind this movement. (Thanks again Mr. Sinek)

Movements generally arise out of a collective drive, such as the drive to abolish suffering or to shift world perspective. The Location Independent Movement has arisen not out of suffering as such, although for many of us the idea of working 9-5 in the same office every day certainly spells suffering. Rather, this movement was borne out of a major shift in life and work expectations combined with technological advances that make the location independent lifestyle possible.

The movement is as diverse as the individuals who constitute it. But through more in-depth research (conversations over cocktails next to the pool, Digital Nomad style) we’ve come up with a list of what drives people to turn their backs on a conventional life path.

  1. Freedom. Freedom is number one. Freedom of movement, freedom to travel, freedom to structure our days as we desire, freedom to change our minds, freedom to go with the flow, freedom to stay put, freedom to choose who we work with, and freedom to be yourself! People are expecting more from life, and this isn’t a just case of ‘millennial entitlement’ as it’s so often labelled, it represents a major shift in how people are looking at life in the 21st century.12965207_598669496959735_1611854673_n
  2. Identity. Some cultures or communities simply don’t make you feel at home. It’s that nagging sense of, ‘these aren’t my people’. And then you travel, perhaps you end up in a coworking space full of other people who feel the same way, and all of a sudden, you realise it wasn’t just you! Being a Citizen of the World IS a valid identity, if you can look past the acronym.
  3. Curiosity. In the world, in other people, other cultures, in ourselves.
  4. Lifestyle design. Designing our lives so that we have the freedom, time and space to live according to our own passions and values. We are able to tune into our natural rhythms and become more effective, more productive, and happier!
  5. Experiences over possessions. Choosing freedom and uncertainty, taking risks over a sense of security (that full-time employment, home ownership, and traditional community structures claim to offer), these are the hallmarks of location independent life.
  6. Inspiration. Whether you’re a freelancer who works from one coffee shop in the morning and another in the afternoon, or a self-identified digital nomad who changes country every 3 months, a new location is a surefire way to get off autopilot, make you more alert and aware of your surroundings, and perhaps even more aware of yourself.
  7. Time to Be. When you’re so caught up in the daily grind of getting to work, hectic social schedules that try to mask your feelings of discontent, you rarely have the mental or emotional time and space to really check-in. Living a location independent life gives you time to reflect, becuase you’re master of your own schedule.
  8. Access to Nature. Nature is good for the brain. Science says so. People increasingly recognise the important role time in nature plays in our overall health and wellbeing.
  9. Balance. Achieving balance in work and leisure, productivity and pleasure, is a driving force for people living a location independent life. “Playbour force” anyone?

Not resonating? Then perhaps the LIM isn’t your thing. Interested in where it came from and where it’s going? Read on!!!

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