"Global cosmopolitans" are people who have lived, worked and studied for extensive periods in different countries.
"They have often developed skills that allow them to think flexibly and creatively to find workable solutions to complex work and life challenges."
In particular, Insead's Linda Brimm has identified five characteristics that frequently develop as a result of the complexity of a Global Cosmopolitan lifestyle. These are:
- Global Cosmopolitans see change as normal
- As outsiders to fixed cultural rules, they rely on creative thinking
- They reinvent themselves and experiment with new identities
- They are expert at the subtle and emotional aspects of transition
- They easily learn and use new ways of thinking
Obviously, these skills are all useful in our rapidly changing world.
The research behind this has focused almost exclusively on corporate employees from large organizations.
But it seems the same advantages, lessons and skills come from being an independent digital nomad. They too live, work and study (and play) for extensive periods in different countries.
While I find the term "global cosmopolitan" a bit too snooty, I think the research findings are spot on and definitely also apply to digital nomads.