The Digital Nomad Collective

WHO WE ARE / OUR LENS


The digital nomad collective is a group of people that have freed themselves from the chains of the working desk. Not just traveling coders, designers, or entrepreneurs, we are more broadly employees or owners of businesses that work completely remotely from brick and mortar spaces. We don't let anyone rule where we work. Our freedom is defined with a wind at our back, knowledge and growth at our front. Digital Nomads live, work, and breathe in a different space every week.


We value bandwidth as life-blood, wherever we work needs to have a dependable network that can hold multiple users at a time and allow for moderate speeds to not hinder our flow.


We need places to work — coworking spaces, cafes, houses, airbnb's, couches, or rocks.


We need cheap food for budget living while traveling, tasting good is a plus.


We need power to charge our devices while we work.


We need safe places to stay — hostels, hotels, airbnb's, couches, apartments or tents.


We need some quiet to work, mellow crowds, and places to sit and think.


We need other nomads, native speakers, and a will to learn as we grow and adapt to local cultures.



Digital Nomad Key Beliefs & Customs

OUR MANIFESTO


Always buy food and drink at the establishment you're camping.


If you must take business calls in a public place, be concious of your affects on those around you, always use headphones, and if you're going to be on a long call, head into a hallway or outside.


Do not stream or download movies or files on shared cafe or shop networks and ruin business by bogging down the network.


When camping a cafe, don't use all of the sockets. Only power your device below 15% power, and once you're over 80%, unplug if others are around.


When in a foreign place, always respect the local law and culture.


At minimum, know common phrases in the local tongue. When learning to speak the local tongue, be courteous and polite to those who are willing to help you. Don't ruin the the location for other nomads by making yourself a target for troublemakers or disrespecting the kindness of others.


When settling in a small cafe or shop, do not take up more space than you need, other nomads need space too. Your work tools should take up only the space in front of you and your bag should be under your chair or table.


Help your fellow nomads whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday. Watch their stuff when they leave for the bathroom or go to get coffee, they'll return the favor.


Limit your work to 2 to 4 hour periods, and take breaks to go outside. This keeps you healthy, and the network lightweight. It also let's other people take your seat to support the cafe.


Do not settle in the same place for more than a couple days at a time and when you choose a camp, look for small businesses instead of chains— they need the support.


Always respect your settlement. Leave your camp as clean or cleaner than you found it, and never leave refuse behind.


Try to stay clean and take showers daily. Dress and cleanse for the job you have.


If you sense danger for yourself or your fellow nomads, make it known to the authorities and then community. If a settlement is ruined for other nomads or known to be unfriendly to them, label it so using the proper symbology.


Never make trouble for your camp. If you're tired, frustrated, or off your meds, stay home.

The Digital Nomad Codex

SYMBOLOGY & COMMUNICAE


The symbols below are for communicating non-verbally with other nomads.


When marking a location do so discreetly, choose a location that is not immediately obvious. Different settlements will have rules to make marking locations specific and consistent. Work with local collectives to better choose a location.


Markings are not meant for permanence, and should not harm property that is cared for. When marking, choose first for labels, stickers, wheatpaste, or other temporary solutions.


When marking, you are doing so of your own volition, if you break the local law to mark, it is your burden.


Unsecured Network

DOWNLOAD UPLOAD SPEED

CELL SIGNAL

NO WIFI TURN BACK

LOUD PLACE

QUIET SPOT

NO SEATS PACKED HOUSE

GOOD SPOT

CHEAP FOOD

ANGRY OWNER

NOT SAFE

DEAD DROP NEARBY

FRIENDLY NATIVE SPEAKERS

ENGLISH

WIFI IN SUBWAY STATION

YOU ARE BEING WATCHED

BAD HOSTEL

CLOSES EARLY

UNRELIABLE CONNECTION

FIBER HERE

MULTILINGUAL SPEAKERS

BOGGED DOWN NETWORK

DON'T STICK AROUND

LOW BANDWIDTH

NO PLUGS

GROUNDED PLUGS

NON-GROUNDED PLUGS

EURO PLUGS