Written by Lori Thiessen

So it seems like this whole nomad way of life is really catching on. Prominent and envelope-pushing architect, Frank Gehry, apparently built the Stata Centre at MIT with this new way of de-centralized working in mind. The building looks freakish but then anything truly new tends to look freakish. According to the April 12, 2008 edition of the Economist, the “student street” blends places to study, eat, sleep, or pitch a little woo. There are no borders in Gehry’s brave new building from the lack of defined spaces to free Wi-fi everywhere.

For the average cyber-nomad, the daily commute is really more like a series of commutes. Errands and kid-related things can be squeezed in between conference calls, online chats or face-to-face meetings. Depending on the daily task sheet, the java commuter can make stops at a number of coffee shops to either do meetings or focus in on a particular project. Alan Pisarski, a trend-watcher and author of “Commuting in America” claims that instead of a direct route from home to office and back again, the commute is looking more like a daisy chain.

For my two cents worth, this roaming around even just reading about it, is exhausting. How much time and money are we wasting driving around in search of a working oasis? Plus parking, plus carrying our “stuff” wherever we go. A friend of my brother-in-law, a graphic designer by trade uses two monitors so hucking his crap around isn’t that efficient. He’s more of a cyber-farmer than a nomad – a patch of land rather than making the daily round.

Here’s a look at what the nomad life would look like before laptops.

“Mobile Desktops” from ImprovEverywhere

Q: Which jobs don’t lend themselves to the java-commuter workstyle? Please don’t put stuff like dairy farmer or something.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll save your seat for you until next time.

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