Tourism may be dead, but the future of travel is bright.

Last October, more than 400 Singaporeans rushed to make dinner reservations aboard two A380 superjumbo jets. A private suite set them back almost $500 USD per person, while economy class seats cost around $38 USD.

The planes weren’t going anywhere, though. It was a promotion by Singapore Airlines, offered in two stationary planes at Changi airport. The unique dining experience was made safe through socially-distanced seating arrangements and the hospital-grade HEPA filters that have long been standard on airplanes.

The seats sold out in less than 30 minutes and…

The nation-state model is outdated. It’s time to create the infrastructure for a borderless world.

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At the end of 2020, an interesting invitation arrived in my inbox. The email came from SafetyWing, a health insurance company for travelers with the ambition to take Norway’s social safety net global. The team was bringing together a group of remote workers and digital nomads to work on a project. It was called Plumia, and they wanted me to join the founding team. The goal? …

Introducing my first book, Global Natives: The New Frontiers of Work, Travel & Innovation.

Let’s start with a simple truth: The world is never going back to “normal.”

From routines to relationships to rituals, the past year has challenged our assumptions about life in the 21st century. Of course, the most noticeable shift is from the traditional office to remote work.

According to a recent Gartner survey, as many as 80% of company leaders plan to permit remote work after the pandemic. Major companies like Twitter, Facebook, Siemens, and the State Bank of India have already announced a permanent move to this way of working.

It began with work from home, but this decade…

Could a collaborative approach to urban living put Norwich on the global map?

Norwich’s 900-year-old castle overlooks the city. Photo: Visit Norwich

You’ve probably never heard of Norwich. Located on the United Kingdom’s picturesque east coast, this small urban center held the title of England’s second city until the Industrial Revolution. Today, however, it’s home to just 200,000 people, and almost nobody outside Britain can point to it on a map. But that may not be the case for long.

According to the 2017 State of the Nation report, Norwich ranks among the country’s worst areas for social mobility. Meanwhile, reeling from Brexit uncertainty, the UK’s economy recently posted its worst quarterly GDP figures in five years. In the face of economic…

Kigali’s knowledge-based sharing economy is an example for other cities looking towards the future

Kigali is fast becoming a go-to tech destination for Africa. Photo: Dylan Walters via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

In 1994, the African nation of Rwanda suffered one of the worst genocides in human history. Over the course of 100 days, its government slaughtered one-tenth of the country’s population and displaced more than 2 million people, turning them into refugees with little hope for the future. But even before the genocide, Rwanda was a country in crisis; the ongoing civil war had destroyed its already fragile economy, severely impoverished its citizens, and made it impossible to attract external investment.

Fast-forward to 2017, and this nation of 12 million people is undergoing a complete transformation. The key to this radical…

Pioneering transport solutions and innovative urban architecture are improving air quality and creating a buzz in Beijing

Daan Roosegaarde, standing next to his smog-free tower, holds smog particles taken from Beijing’s air. Photo: Studio Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde was standing on the 32nd floor of a Beijing skyscraper when he decided that his next mission would be to solve China’s smog problem. As the Dutch artist looked out across the dark sky, he realized he could barely see anything. He couldn’t even see the other side of the street.

“The issue became really physical for me that day. Our desire for progress has created a terrible side effect,” Roosegaarde says. “I thought about the eight-year-old children who would get lung cancer, how my own life span could be three years shorter living in this city.”


From dads with DIY projects to fashionistas seeking the latest trends, Amsterdam’s tenacious citizens are ripping up the rulebooks and bringing trade into the 21st century. How did a city enable its citizens to think differently and connect in new ways?

The Amsterdam skyline. Photo: Stijn te Strake

In the hip Amsterdam district of Jordaan, a woman walks into an award-winning fashion boutique. She pulls her fingertips through racks of emerging designers and vintage classics. When she’s picked out the perfect dress, she takes it to the counter and greets the clerk with a smile. No cash exchanges hands. Next week, the shop will take the outfit back, no questions asked, so she can exchange it for something else.

Over the next few weeks, that same customer can exchange her latest selections as many times as she wants for the set monthly price she pays. This is Lena

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The traditional methods for funding journalism are failing — at least in terms of sustaining a robust, transparent, accountable and reliable media.

Earlier this month, The Independent declared its intention to go digital-only in response to the lagging sales of its flagship daily and weekend print titles. Just two weeks before, The Guardian announced its plans to cut running costs by 20%, to the tune of £50 million, over the next three years.

It might seem like there’s not much life left in 21st-century journalism, at least to the casual observer. But a look at what’s happening on the grassroots…

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