Theories and Principles

The Global Lifestyle Project is rooted in theories supported by academic research in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Design. These theories have significant practical ramifications, and are things that need to be taken into account, whether you are a current or aspiring Global Lifestyler, or someone that has an interest in understanding, attracting and supporting the international migrations of creative entrepreneurs.

The human mind has the ability to solve complex problems, but is unable to discriminate between the professional versus the personal. There is always tension wherever professional demands, such as “How can this product be improved?”, compete with personal ones “Where can I find workspace tomorrow?” As a result, personal demands become distractions, and impede the ability to produce creative and useful professional results. This topic is discussed in Capacity of the Creative Brain.

Global Lifestyle hubs are not chosen at random, and it is no coincidence that particular cities attract more or less Global Lifestylers. The decision will always be made on the basis of local experience and knowledge of any given place. The occurrence and popularity of Global Lifestyle hubs is discussed in City Knowledge Grid.

In Stagnation vs Inspiration, the factors that cause “itchy feet” syndrome are discussed. Why do so many creative entrepreneurs find themselves restless? How can a career of international movement and experience be leveraged in a positive way, and result in increased productivity and profit – for the individual and for their community?

Innovation is understood to occur where diverse experience and theoretical knowledge from a multitude of disciplines converge. Rather than support vagabonding, where travel is the main goal, how can nomadism lead to increased economic activity, the production of more robust ideas and become an integral part of the innovation process? These questions are discussed in Sustainability of Nomadism.

In the same way that many species migrate annually, in order to match their location with their physical needs, so the Global Lifestyle Project recognizes that creativity relies on inspiration, and that the productivity cycle demands different things at different times. How these needs can be addressed by shifting geographical location is explored in Different Places for Different Needs.

In Next Generation Thinking, we explore the long-term picture. Today’s teenagers have grown up with digital devices, and are used to accessing an internet which knows no international bounds, and acts as a conduit for information to flow around the world, more-or-less indiscriminately. How will this affect their aspirations as they mature? What will they be looking for as 25 year-old graduates? How can we best prepare for and support their worldview, and the skills that they will have obtained as a result?