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Brief Published: 15 Jul 2015

Off-Grid Offices


Dutch start-up KantoorKaravaan has started offering mobile office spaces for digital nomads to work in the middle of nature.

The solar-powered caravans are off-grid, but not offline: they come complete with mobile internet and enough battery power to enable digital workers to stay connected. They also include an espresso machine and a small biomass cooker for preparing food.

Beyond work, the company encourages users to make the most of their surroundings: "Step out into the wilderness, go hiking, plant a tree, chop wood for tonight's campfire or take part in our regular meditation sessions."

The millennial feel of the business is topped off by its flexible payment offer. Users are encouraged to pay what they can afford, and if they are strapped for cash, they can barter or help out with the project and activities in return for discounts. The project is also backed by The Tipping Point Foundation, a Dutch organisation that advocates sustainability.

As the knowledge economy produces workers who can work anywhere with an internet connection, alternative workplace concepts are gaining popularity. See Digital Nomads for detailed analysis of this trend.