Off the Grid, But Still Online
J Thoendell stashed this in Home
For the last 61 days I’ve been traveling throughout California while living out of my Corolla, collecting stories from people living off the grid.
The people I’ve met have abandoned the chase of the American Dream; they are not battling traffic to work a nine-to-five job in order to live in a big house or buy a fancy car. Instead, their values are centered around new life experiences, connecting with nature, building their own homes, growing their own food, and having a full sense of control over their lives—including managing the amount of time they spend on the internet.
The average American feels lost going a day without logging onto their social media accounts via smartphone, tablet, or computer. By contrast, these people know exactly how much power their solar panels need to generate to charge their phones or watch a DVD on their laptops, and they moderate their usage in the same way they would measure out exactly how much water they need to cook dinner and take a shower.
I feel like more people are going to live this way in the future.
I hope so, Adam. I hope that there are always big, great cities, because certain things only work at high population densities (certain industries, universities, museums, etc). But I would like to see a more de-centralized population, for lots of reasons.
For one thing, more people would be able to afford decent homes. It would also force more employers to allow remote work. Not all jobs can be remote, but there are many jobs which require people to be on-site simply because that's the way it's always been done.
Also, it encourages a more local/sustainable lifestyle, for everything from generating power, to growing food, to processing waste.
Well said, Lucas.
Actually the original article reminded me of you.
I agree that affordable housing would be a benefit of remote work.
That was also mentioned as a function of basic income:
Also I am seeing more stories about living off the grid: