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Men Care About Fashion Too

As controversial as it is, most guys who say they dont really care about how they dress, are not being honest. A suit is the perfect reflection in a guys sense of fashion in my opinion, i know there are other cool forms of t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, trousers and many other types of clothing. but […]

via Guys and their suits — zonesknight95

My 400-Person Company Has A Great Work Culture, And We All Work Remotely


Source: My 400-Person Company Has A Great Work Culture, And We All Work Remotely

11 Of The Best Tools for International Freelancers | SnapMunk

For freelancers always on the move, having software to support international efficiency is critical. To start covering the bases, start here.

Source: 11 Of The Best Tools for International Freelancers | SnapMunk

I can vouch for Slack, Trello and Upwork. As far as international calling, if it is to the U.S., Google Hangouts is great. I also use Facebook Messenger for calling, a lot, and the quality is good. I am excited about WorkFrom to find the best places to work and I will try that out next.

How Technology Is Changing the Way We Travel

The travel industry has completely transformed in recent years. Why? Because startups are disrupting the way we do things.

Source: How Technology Is Changing the Way We Travel

Digital Nomads and Ergonomics: Staying Healthy on the Road | Toptal

Digital nomads know that working while traveling is great for the mind and the soul, but it can be hell for the body without some help.Toptal welcomes guest author and Hacker Paradise co-founder Casey Rosengren, here to give you the ins and outs of keeping good working form wherever your travels may take you.

Source: Digital Nomads and Ergonomics: Staying Healthy on the Road | Toptal

Which countries are best at English as a second language? | World Economic Forum

Not surprisingly absent, Italy, Spain, France and the Czech Republic, but Hungary and Romania have to be up there. Now the more interesting survey would be the number of multi-lingual U.S. citizens.

Source: Which countries are best at English as a second language? | World Economic Forum

The C in Co-Working Space Also Stands for Community

wordgram-of-coworkWhen I first arrived in town I used Meetup to find people who shared common interest. That led me straight to Locus Co-working space. Once in the door, I quickly connected with both the startup community and the writing community, common members of co-working spaces. It has been almost three years now and although I never signed up to co-work at Locus, I realized that I spent time in one of the two spaces at least once a week.

When my new job took me away from Prague for months, my homecoming included reconnecting with my friends at Locus. I write every Saturday with a dedicated group, committed to various forms of media that involve the written word. We have bloggers, and novelists, and game script writers, and PhD students writing a thesis. We come from different countries, different generations, different genders. Our bond is a long-term fascination with words on a page.

It was through Locus that I joined my E-publishing Mastermind group that has single-handedly taken me from talking smack to preparing to upload my first ebook, Two Broke Chicas, a Travel Series, December 26th, just in time for people to use their Christmas gift cards and make their New Year’s Resolution to travel more. Mentor members, like successful sci-fi writer, Bill King, have made my dreams come true.

While plopped on a big fluffy couch to wait for the group to start, I realized how important Locus was to my social life, and sense of being, in Prague. What my virtual membership gave me access to, besides one day a month and access to my e-Publishing Mastermind group, was a community. A place I could belong with people who shared my passion for a flexible work life.

Community = Thrive

Just like we need a Tribe, we need a community. Research found that people who belong to a co-working space report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices. Read more: Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces


Grind, is a growing network of coworking spaces in New York and Chicago. Community manager, Anthony Marinos, shared, “When it comes to cultivating our community at Grind, we’re all about the human element. We consider ourselves as much a hospitality company as we do a workspace provider. Our staff knows all of our members by name and profession, and we’re constantly facilitating introductions between Grindists.”

Research in Forbes magazine showed that entrepreneurs with larger and more diverse networks grow their businesses bigger. Co-working spaces can be a place for women, known for being great communicators and collaborators, who don’t excel at building power networks can find a safe space to start. (Women tend to build deep and narrow networks women-networkwhile men wide and shallow ones.) I’ve added several women to my network from Locus, and started an informal dinner group to encourage young professional women to support each other, over a glass of wine.

Building Intentional Communities

Some experts believe that co-working space should be built more like intentional communities. Example, Brooklyn’s Friends Work Here. Founded by NYC-based Swiss-born designer and entrepreneur Tina Roth-Eisenberg, who’s also behind the international lecture series CreativeMornings (which happens monthly in Prague, but mostly in Czech) and Tattly. The space came as a response to Roth-Eisenberg’s negative experiences in “soulless” coworking places that are more focused on making money than cultivating inspiration among its members.

A Wealth of Human Resources

Locus is how I found my brief dog-sitting gig. I enjoyed several days of pretending to own a dog, forced to take several walks every day, which did wonders for my mental health. I’ve enjoyed people passing through town and people here for the duration, like my friend Sarah who first came when it was Czechslovakia, and still communist. She is at heart a historian, writes historical fiction, and loves talking about the history of this country she calls home, as a well-informed outsider.

It was hysterical and inspiring to sit in on Texas Holdem’ Poker night, where people from around the world turned into ruthless gamblers who might gut you for a pair of Ace. It was motivational to listen to Regina and Mike talk about becoming Courageously Free, and through that relationship I was interviewed for their podcast – which should be out just in time for my book launch.

There were people at Locus doing, looking for, thinking about the exact same things as I was. We all wanted to marry our fascination with social media and our passion for words. I could pick the brains of people who, like me, were inspired by Prague, determined to make their literary dreams come true. We figured out all kinds of ways to make money with words. My critique and Saturday writing buddy, Beth Green, will fix your words for a fee. Which still leaves her time to search for an agent for her first novel, represent on Booklust and @bethverde, and be a Wanderlust columnist at

My writing group has sustained me, in ways both creatively and emotionally, over noodles and pivo at the Vietnamese restaurant down the street from Locus. We’ve discussed our lives and our loves, U.S. and European politics and the meaning of feminism.

We’ve shared critique groups and book front-cover
launches, like Sonya’s soiree for Under a Caged Sky, held at Locus Slezka, where we toasted with glasses of wine under the skylight, with Prague as the backdrop.


Staying Engaged

partyOnce I’d had that moment of realization, that my co-working space was my community, I started to look around for other ways to participate. Engaged in the social media connection and found easy, fun ways to stay involved. I am looking forward to the Christmas Party catered by Ethnocatering, a social enterprise of migrant women that serves authentic food from Georgia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Armenian. You can’t find this deliciousness in restaurants. I know, I said it, that bad M word. Well, I must own it because here in Prague, I’m a migrant. A tax paying, law abiding expat seeking shelter and new beginnings.

I know I’m not alone in this revelation and would love you to share your experience of finding community in co-working spaces. Tell us your story in the comment section here at the Global Mobile Worker Project.

One of the challenges of a Digital Nomad existence is finding romance. Since I explored this topic in “IS GLOBAL MOBILE WORK A DISCONNECT? THE POWER OF CONNECTION”, conversations in my global citizens network confirm, Tinder is a legitimate option. This makes it even better.Tinder Reengineers Its Gender Field, With Help From The Trans Community | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Tinder’s latest update aims to make transgender users feel more welcome on the dating app. The timing couldn’t be better.

Source: Tinder Reengineers Its Gender Field, With Help From The Trans Community | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

World ranking of countries by their average IQ | IQ Research+

An interesting question post the U.S. election.

Which country has the highest IQ? What is the average IQ of your country? Here is the average IQ of more than 80 countries.

Source: World ranking of countries by their average IQ | IQ Research+

Work From Home In 2016: The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs

Remote Work is not just about freelancing.

The third annual list is based on an analysis of 40,000+ companies. The top two fields offering telecommuting opportunities are tech/IT and a surprising industry.

Source: Work From Home In 2016: The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs

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