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Traditionally, most work has been tied to a specific location. This pushed rural-urban migration within countries, and international migration as people looked for economic opportunities. For people in remote areas, this often meant that the only way to find work was to move to a bigger city, driving the spatial concentration of people into big urban centers.

But things are no changing. The slow march of improving internet and communication technologies have created new perspectives on what it means to work. The term “work” itself is gradually shifting from being a “place” to a “state of being” and many people can work from anywhere that has an internet connection.

ReadIRENA launches a capacity building programme for young professionals from LDC and SIDS

This trend allows people more flexibility to work from where they want to - leading to two, perhaps opposing, patterns. For some, remote work means travelling the world as digital nomads and having the opportunity and freedom to experience new places. For others, remote work is the opportunity to stay living in their home communities while still taking advantage of global opportunities. To take advantage of this trend, new coworking spaces are popping up on islands like Saaremaa and Arranmore aimed at both providing a service to locals and attract long-stay visitors.

This revolution is creating something bigger. A new breed of entrepreneurs and innovators without borders are creating big things for their communities. The internet enables them to access enormous knowledge and to share theirs. Diverse island’s experiences were shared during last year’s Virtual Island Summit to serve as lessons for the rest of the world. Additionally, Island Innovation's own team is 100% remote with members in the UK, Netherlands, Venezuela (Margarita Island), Ghana and Jamaica.

Listen: James Ellsmoor's interview on the Global Lithium Podcast

Do you know of other islands or communities looking to take advantage of remote working? Please check out our partners at Islands Revival in Scotland and let us know of more examples in the members-only Island Innovation Facebook Group and LinkedIn Group.

Thank you for reading,
James Ellsmoor

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Winners of Solar Head of State Guyana Solar Challenge

The Guyana Solar Challenge was a competition that invited young people to create innovative communication projects and educate their communities about the benefits of renewable energy. Read More

Energy Stories

Interesting stories about energy from around the world: 

Decoupling Work And Place - A New Generation of Entrepreneurs

Remote lifestyles are becoming more commonplace, and more people are choosing to work from home with a more flexible lifestyle. Opportunities that once required relocation to a big city are now available to more people, and anyone can now run a successful international business from even the most isolated location.

Small islands do matter, here is why!

Although islands account for only 5% of the earth’s surface, they host 20% of terrestrial resources and 600 million people depend on island ecosystem for their sustainability. Read more.

The UAE announces new agreements under CREF

The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, UAE-CREF, has entered the second cycle of its three-year plan to build climate-resilient renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean nations. Read more.

Other stories worth sharing

A selection of stories relevant to innovation and sustainable development from around the world:

  • Pacific SIDS prepare to submit 3 voluntary national reviews in 2020.
  • Tuvalu is cashing in thanks to the Twitch online streaming service.
  • Irish Tánaiste (Deputy PM) and Islands Minister Kyne kick start public consultation process for a new national policy on Irish offshore islands 
  • China destination approval a 'game-changer' for Kiribati tourism.
  • The woman who will help keep seaweed-eating sheep on an Orkney beach.
  • The shifting tides in Caribbean international relations: Jamaica, China and the United States.
  • As Svalbard reaches peak tourism, Oslo suggests fewer, better tour operators might be in store.

Frugal innovation helps democratize electricity

The remote island of Lelepa in Vanuatu has started testing an energy system called ‘Power Blox that deliver all the benefits of renewable energy. Read more

The National Plan for Scotland's Islands

Scotland's National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for island communities. Read more.

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