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There’s one downside to the end of lockdown restrictions

Depending on where you are in the world, the gradual ending of lockdown restrictions are hopefully starting to signal a very welcome return to some kind of normal. Possibilities of travel are opening up, people are getting vaccinated, the sun is shining, and the pubs are open at last!

However, all these very welcome shifts are being accompanied in some cases by a move which others are finding less welcome. There are a number of organisations/managers/workplaces who are breathing a sigh of relief that they can now call everybody back to the office.

And perhaps you’re one of those people…

A low-risk launchpad for your side-hustle or revolution

Tallinn Old Town. Photo: Kaupo Kalda

Most businesses start with an idea — a way to apply your unique attribute to a situation where you can add value, where someone pays you for that. When inspiration strikes you might have no idea whether you’re looking at a viable side hustle, never mind the next unicorn success story, but you have to start somewhere.

And from such small acorns, dreams of the future can grow.

When inspiration comes knocking, it’s great to know that there exist low-risk and enabling environments to provide a safety net and time for validation and growth.

Estonia has just this kind of…

I knew I was going to quarantine for the whole of my stay anyway. That’s fine, after a year of this I know the drill, and I was happy to comply with anything if it meant I could visit my parents at last.

So I waded through the complex instructions online, duly purchasing my day two and eight test kits, and completing my passenger locator form. And because the dates did not align, I had to book yet another test to re-enter Spain within the 72 hour window prior to my flight home. …

Now that organisations around the world have proven to themselves that they can function perfectly well on a remote basis through a global crisis, many are experimenting with different ideas and approaches for the ‘new normality’ — looking ahead to a time when at least some people can return to the offices which have been gathering dust since early 2020.

For most this is going to involve some kind of hybrid approach, because of the logistical impossibility of bringing everyone back into crowded offices on even more crowded public transport at the same time, as we did things in the…

Learn about the e-resident entrepreneurs helping people around the world achieve personal and professional growth

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Perhaps “fulfilling your personal potential” sounds like a tall promise, for a trans-national digital identity framework. But you may not know that in addition to the growing stable of tech unicorns for which Estonia is globally renowned, a host of other startup types are finding success in the ecosystem, including a diverse range of self-improvement and wellness businesses.

Indeed the digital nomad lifestyle which Estonian e-Residency supports has always been attractive to seekers of truth and new levels of awareness — people like Diana Arbol, founder of the Ikigai Academy (named for the Japanese concept of the intersection of four…

Estonia is the perfect home for your startup to scale and grow, and e-Residency allows you to manage it remotely

Photo: Renee Altrov

Starting a business is challenging at the best of times, and while the world needs innovation more than ever now, we all face additional constraints on funding and mobility. So in order to become the next Estonian e-Residency success story you need to line up as many positive factors on your side as possible.

Fortunately, e-Residency is part of an ecosystem and culture of startup support, which makes Estonia a unique destination for entrepreneurs from all over the world.

Entrepreneurs like Oliver Gasser, founder of Moduulo, which creates software for automated time and activity tracking and streamlines business administration with…

An e-Residency perspective on post-crisis regeneration

Tallinn, Estonia

In most areas where public policy and social trends intersect, for the most part change is gradual — evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Urban development is a good example, where the drive to adopt technological innovations and create new efficiencies is constrained by politics, existing infrastructure, and a need for continuity — always at odds with the tech startup world’s instincts to ‘move fast’, because you cannot risk breaking the city.

From time to time though, a leap forward is catalysed by unforeseen external events, and as e-resident Damiano Cerrone, an Italian based in Finland — consultant at Demos Helsinki, Researcher…

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Predicting the future is always a difficult task, and never more so than in 2020 — in which the worlds of business, travel and communications, to name just a handful of examples, have already transformed beyond recognition. Perhaps when hindsight brings its unique perspective on this year's events we’ll be reminded that most of the changes we have witnessed were already trends in motion. The global health crisis simply helped to accelerate, tip, or catalyse the changes that were already unfolding.

Take the way we learn…

From the classroom to the collaboration space

Online learning already represented a growing trend, facilitated by faster global connection speeds, cloud…

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Given that my last day working in somebody else’s office happened in a previous century, I would describe myself as quite accustomed to working from home. It’s been my day-to-day normal for so long, anything else would be strange. Over those decades the home- working experience has of course changed a great deal in some respects, in particular technologically, but also the culture and context in which I do my work has evolved considerably.

At the turn of the millennium, working from home was somewhat of a guilty secret. It was so uncommon that nobody talked about it, and of…

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Having spent the past 20 years enjoying working from home, I have frequently had conversations along the lines of, ‘oh, I could never do that…’ I rarely get to explore why people think that is the case, as they’re usually too busy dashing off to catch a train to somewhere.

Now however a great many people are experiencing or imminently facing the prospect of working from home for the first time, and these assumptions are going to have to be examined in more detail. The ‘I could never’ lines in the sand will be tested to the limit. We’re in…

Maya Middlemiss

Freelance author/journalist/consultant, creator of Healthy Happy Homeworking, obsessed with the future of everything: Work, money, business, collaboration…

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