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According to a recent study by Gallup, 39% of US companies allow their employees to work remotely. A study from Stanford University showed that employees who work remotely have higher productivity than their office based colleagues. Last, a study conducted in 2010 by software company Intuit, claims that by 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers. That’s more than 60 million people.
These numbers are just a small part of this new movement. People are starting to hit the road to explore the world, meet new people and gain inspiration because they realize the rent they are paying is ridiculous or that there is no reason to live and work in a certain set location. In short, people become digital nomads to live in an alternative way. To pursue happiness with more opportunities, adventure, and freedom.
Hi, I am Youjin! I'm making the first documentary on digital nomads. For the last few years, I've interviewed traveling freelancers, remote workers and founders of distributed startups. I feel a revolution is happening with many people replacing the "template" life at home and instead flying out into the world, to live and work from anywhere. What kinds of social, economic, cultural factors have made it possible but also how are these factors influenced by this new generation of workers? And what is the bright and dark side of it? I want to document these stories and I need your help to make this possible.