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Urban Nomads: What if we all are Urban Nomads?

By Editorial Team
4 min read
Urban Nomads

Urban Nomads are the people who move around the city. They feel at home in Milan the same way they do in Tokyo. They use advanced technologies and all kinds of transportation to earn a living and, more generally, to live their lives independently. Urban Nomads move for work and for fun, between real and virtual destinations. These nomads speak several languages and are interested in different cultures. They are citizens of different ages, genders, and cultures, who stand out for their continuous movement.

Today, the nations of the world are succeeding rapidly in making it possible to overcome the barriers of time and space to live as members of a family of nations closely connected due to the advances made by modern science and technology.

Haile Selassie, Ethiopian negus neghesti
Urban Nomads

We are all Urban Nomads

In times of Internet of the things, Urban Nomads is a definition without boundaries. Nowadays, everyone is a urban nomad. It’s enough to own a laptop and a Smartphone and to live on-the-go. People live this nomadic life not only because they don’t have a permanent position but also because they take advantage of the physical journey to connect, collect ideas, send emails, listen to podcasts, and so on.

Urban Nomads is no longer a concept linked to digression or doing unconventional. Rather than pragmatic, it is an anthropological phenomenon.

Urban Nomads

Jobs are changing from a qualitative point of view, especially thanks to the development of new technologies that are increasingly easy to use and due to the recent lockdown caused by the global Covid-19 epidemic.

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Companies themselves are encouraging employees and collaborators to work remotely, saving on the costs of physical workplaces and optimizing time. The growth of the third sector itself means that many work and professional activities are carried out directly at the customer’s premises or even remotely, compared, for example, to the needs of the manufacturing sector. This evolution is coherent with the growing needs of people who can, thanks to remote work, achieve a better work-life balance, with greater autonomy and flexibility in managing time and space.

Urban Nomads are the ones who have a better chance of finding a balance in their lifestyle (compared to stationary workers). This leads to an increase in work productivity, and to greater personal satisfaction.

Urban Nomads

Digital Nomads, therefore, are no longer (only) those who work from a beach in Bali, following the bucolic ideal of no constraints. They are the ones who commute for hours on the train, on public transport, that go to work by car or by bicycle. These are the Urban Nomads who move from one metropolis to another, feeling at home everywhere. They live in the present and think of how to shape their future. They have their life organized in a backpack, suitcase, or bag, which are often a functional expression of their being.

Urban Nomadism

Urban nomadism is a new phenomenon born in our times. A socio-cultural aspect that belongs to all those who choose the streets and the network as their landscape. Almost a return to the past, aided by technology.

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Technology transforms habits and creates a new Lifestyle, alternative, and more sustainable than traditional ones. Smart life and Smart Work are based on personal aspirations and the desire for independence and mobility, completely changing the Lifestyle and social dynamics. Therefore, it is necessary to redefine Lifestyle in a transversal way. It is useful not only to the Digital Nomads but to all the Smart People who call themselves Urban Nomads.

Nomads, seeking the corners of tranquility, in the mists of the north, and into the turmoil of civilization, between the light and dark monotony of the days that pass. Walker that go, looking for peace at dusk, you’ll will find it.

Franco Battiato musician, singer-songwriter and Italian director

Contemporaneity urges young people to be Urban Nomads

Young people are Urban Nomads because our very contemporaneity drives them to become Urban Nomads. Society does not offer them the chance to become sedentary as in the distant past, which returns. The impossibility of having a permanent job, home, or a planned future, makes everyone a wanderer, unarmed in the face of a deeply uncertain and frail social environment.

“It’s in the e-mails where all my love, friendship, and work relationships are stored. I am an immobile nomad who navigates in his uninterrupted relationship with both near and far worlds. In the 2000s the mobile phone saw an incredible evolution. The immediate has become natural, it allows lovers to call each other, e-mail each other, skype each other in an instant from San Francisco to Shanghai. Internet, e-mail, Google, everything communicates, but however, it’s not easier to understand each other. Everything has changed, and nothing has changed.

Edgar Morin, French philosopher, and sociologist
Urban Nomads

Humanity changes, places, and cities evolve, and yet despite millennia, the nomadism of a distant past has never disappeared. The everyday life of today’s humanity has changed in recent decades, and a part of the world’s population is no longer tied to a permanent home; nomadism of distant times, which can still be found today in the Urban Nomads.

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