How did Harp start?
At the end of July 2019, we began rolling out the idea of Harp to learn and explore how to create a home for all digital nomads in the world. There are about 10 million nomads worldwide and 3 million of them are traveling across Europe.
According to a 2017 research, by 2035 more than half of the world’s workers will work remotely. Suddenly the Corona epidemic broke out, causing us to be locked up at home and to work remotely.
The Corona effect
High-tech companies, government agencies, the European Parliament and anyone who can, are forced to work remotely. At this time, nobody knows when will this vicious pandemic will be over.
As it turns out, companies and public institutions are able to employ their employees without providing them an office space. In a few weeks, the remote working digital nomad community expanded from 10 million to 60-70 percent of the global economy.
From the beginning, the harp idea of co-living and co-working communities was planned for rural areas. Harp concept enables savings in rent, eliminating travel time to and from work, more leisure time and having a better work-life balance.
Harp ecological aspects are based on a healthier lifestyle in the green countryside. Using green energy and garbage recycling to fertilizers are just a few examples.
Apparently harp is the right thing at the right time!
Being location independent is not a trend anymore. It’s a lifestyle that is here to stay. Cities are overcrowded and expensive. Commercial and residential rent is too high. Commuting times are too high. The quality of life is declining.
Employees, freelancers, employers have no choice but to change how employment is done, especially after the Corona effect. The answer is remote living and working.
The waves behind Harp
Working remotely means you can basically work from anywhere with an internet connection. So people are going to look for a better life outside the cramped and expensive cities. They would look for areas with a green ecosystem of fresh air and the buzz of birds.
People will appreciate living in a community with like-minded individuals. Exchanging ideas, sharing professional and personal empowerment will be part of their day to day life.
Harp brings all the solutions under one roof. It’s an idea that started in mid-2019 and evolved into a new lifestyle that will improve the lives of billions of people around the world.
Harp time has come!
European Union initiatives
Harp brings with it a practical solution for the European Union discussions.
Some relevant pre-Corona background
In the last two decades, many European countries have been suffering from the migration of the population to the big cities without a solution on the horizon. Throughout Europe, villages were abandoned and turned into “ghost villages”.
European countries and the European Union are facing a difficult problem. Cities have become expensive and crowded. One of the main reasons for this is the digital transformation and technological companies. Many companies have opened offices in cities and needed many local workers as well as relocating skilled employees from around the world.
In the forthcoming decades, it’s predicted by the United Nations that further rural depopulation is likely and 66% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas (more than double that recorded in 1950).
Negative side effects of it are high housing prices and long daily commuting times which lowers the quality of living.
Introducing remote workers
In recent years, a new type of worker has developed: “remote workers”. These workers are not connected to a physical location and many of them work and travel from place to place. The number of freelancers or remote workers and digital nomads is growing steadily.
According to a report published by Forbes in 2017, in the US “50.9% of the U.S. population will be freelancing in 10 years”.
The new type of living and working is growing and becoming popular.
Co-living communities, balanced work, and personal life while traveling and seeing the world.
The internet and advanced online tools (video conference, slack, agile management) and websites (Upwork, People per hour, Fiverr) make it possible to work remotely. Many big companies encourage their employees to work part or full time remotely.
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