Tumblewagon: A Family of Web Workers

tumblewagonLast month, Webmonkey ran a charming story of a young family of web workers, who are quite literally working on the road as they travel across the United States.

The family of three – a young boy Tristan and his freelancing web designer parents, Olivia and Nathan, are living an extraordinary life, partway through a year of traversing the US and maintaining healthy web industry careers as well as roadschooling their son.

Interestingly, Olivia and Nathan have almost ‘open-sourced’ their journey, sharing how they worked with a consultant to prepare a study plan for Tristan, based on the Waldorf Method and illustrating how they live in an RV,  equipped with iPhones and a combination of wireless data cards, Macs, Airports and Time Capsules – what sounds like a mobile Apple showroom and probably relatively reliable in comparison with other technologies! However, the family do omit GPS devices and television from their lives.

Though necessary for Olivia and Nathan’s working lives, the technology is enabling the family to videocast, photograph and podcast their journey for others to follow.

It’s a charming, romantic notion that speaks to the inner nomad of web workers and indeed the roadtripping wanderlust of America itself. Tumblewagon illustrates that the conventions that bound people to desks and factories in the 20th century are slowly giving way to new possibilities for living. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan…

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them…as they prepared for their journey, waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of work to touch the screen of Jobs.


Read more at Tumblewagon and Webmonkey.


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