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Workspaces for Creative Global Nomads / Digital Nomads

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No matter where we live in the world, we all visit websites set up by artists and creatives based around the globe. With multinational organizations such as Impact Hub it’s becoming increasingly easier for travelers, who often refer to themselves as Digital Nomads, to physically travel from their homes in cold, snowy climates to live as expatriates in warmer and relatively less expensive countries and easily maintain their online presence–be it social media activity, keeping-up their own websites or blogs, or expanding their online income streams to pay their living expenses while on the road. Impact Hub currently has 77 open co-working centers around the world. Impact Hub considers themselves a community of entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals who use the workspaces and wi-fi connections for a monthly fee, or even rent a permanent desk, so that Digital Nomads have a space to drink coffee with vibrant people while growing their online businesses.

Another such space in San Francisco’s Chinatown is 1920C a “coworking collective and creativity hub” offering workspace and gallery space to global creative nomads.

Digital Nomads traveling to Cape Town, South Africa can get shared office space, a desk, internet / wi-fi, office facilities, and coffee at MiniOffice and other spaces coming soon via the Co-Working Community of South Africa.

Do visual artists really need to stay in one place to create?

Point B Art has “Worklodges” which are centers in cities throughout the world specifically for “globally mobile creative professionals,” to encourage “trans-disciplinary and cross-cultural exchanges.”  Worklodges contain casual communal gathering areas such as cafe areas and rooftop gardens, office spaces for arts related businesses, reference libraries, presentation areas for private showings, conference rooms and lecture halls, shorter-term work/live studio lofts, as well as private, longer term studios for in-house local artists as a unique resource to visiting Creative Global Nomads. Each Worklodge is unique, with a small number (8 to 25) private work/live studio lofts for transient lodgers to quickly begin working upon arrival.
Point B Worklodges contain Work/live studio lofts such as in this diagram —

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A Worklodge studio is composed of a good living space and a good working space. These work/live studios were built as “Solotats,” that is, habitats for solo exploration that offer flexibility and maximize creative out-put. The studios contain big, long work tables and clear walls with lots of room to pin things up, lay things out– space for physical thinking processes.

Because they are all mid-career professionals, the lodgers in these Worklodges know that the other creative people there are in a similar place in their lives. One of the benefits of staying at a Point B Worklodge is that one becomes part of a network of creative people around the world who are working and traveling abroad.

Point B is transitioning from their former space, to a new location in Brooklyn, New York, while they are also in the process of opening a new Worklodge in Lisbon, Portugal and will begin taking applications this coming in the Spring or Summer of 2016.

 You can find out many more details on the Point B Art website here.
 I first learned of Point B when they began following my @TransArtGuide Twitter account.  Follow Point B on Twitter here.
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