Remote work and loneliness: the solution lies in the metaverse

Telecommuting means we can work from anywhere in the world. But is there a place where we feel at home? Recently, a new company created “Figment Country Club”, a virtual country where people feel at home, wherever they are. low fangfounder and president the shapeHe says he wants to fight the epidemic of loneliness.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the fragmentation of society into smaller, isolated groups, we were already more isolated than we were a decade or two ago. Teleworking is becoming commonplace, as teleworkers choose types of entertainment at home and reduce their contact with the community around them.

The large community is no longer a source of obligation. Small groups based on interests can step in to replace this connection previously provided by city centers and residents’ associations.

When people can meet their peers in the cloud, the physical location becomes irrelevant. That is exactly the goal of the Figure Country Club.

Figment Country Club is a virtual club open to all citizens of the world. It is home to those who have chosen the Bedouin lifestyle. This cloud-based country can be accessed anywhere and anytime. All you need is an internet connection.

The Figment Citizenship NFT is the unique digital identity that opens access to the Country Club spaces. Currently, the non-fungible citizenship token can be purchased at a price of 0.5 ETH.

For example, the private club Soho House, located in Europe, North America and Asia, presents itself as a community of creators. Members can access Soho House locations in their local area and, depending on their membership type, anywhere in the world.

While the infrastructure (restaurants, bars, swimming pools…) at Soho House is very similar to that of other private clubs, the Soho brand is aimed at those involved in the creative industry and has become popular with young members between the ages of 20 and 30 years old or older.

creation economy

Among these young people, many are involved in what is now called the creators’ economy, a sector that continues to grow, especially as the Internet has democratized the methods of creating and distributing artwork.

This booming economy, made up of companies owned by content creators and others, has become one of the driving forces of the internet. While social media influencers are at the forefront of this economy, millions of others are coming up with new ways to create and monetize their creativity.

The creative economy has paved the way for what is known as the “economy of emotion,” a growing industry in which participants strive to make an income from what they love.

Workspace in the metaverse

In real times, most people believed that only a few lucky and talented individuals would be able to make a decent living out of their passion. Today’s Internet has removed the brakes and created a free domain where creators try to figure out more innovative ways to monetize what they offer, and then compete with each other for consumers’ attention.

Follow your passion

Digital platforms such as Patreon and Substack now allow creators to build an audience of fans willing to pay for what they provide, while live broadcasting and video chatting have expanded the reach of educators and experts beyond their own regions.

All this has led to an unprecedented enthusiasm for creativity, not only among individuals who control their contributions, but also among companies whose creation is either a marketing tool, or a monetized product in itself, or both at the same time. In this scenario, the originator is a tool that must be leveraged, either through hiring or outsourcing. Employed content creators in particular complain about unreasonable workloads and unrealistic expectations of employers.

It is therefore not surprising that innovators now see participation in the property economy as the solution to their problems. In the property economy, the participants in the system also own a stake in it. Giving employees the option to buy stock is one of the most common examples of how this economy works.

Blockchain technology offers new ways to participate in the ownership economy. Some creators choose non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a way to distribute and monetize their work while avoiding obstacles and intermediaries such as publishers.

Unique design

Designed by Czech designers Spacemakers, The Czech Club is one of Figment’s experimental country clubs within the cloud. Located in Gather Town, an interactive platform focused on closeness, this club was born out of Figment’s collaboration with Spacemakers and has pushed the boundaries of uninspired meeting spaces. Transform them into human and creative spaces that encourage interaction, exploration, and imagination.

Czech Figure Club

Inspired by Bauhaus functionalism and modern trends, the Czech club is distinguished by its clean lines and simplicity. Figment’s first country club embodies the multiculturalism, richness rooted in history, and a vision of the future that redefines a new era of design.

The Czech Club offers 5 different environments: a meeting room, a co-working space, a hall that can accommodate up to 300 users and the Zen Garden that connects all these spaces, with smaller meeting spaces. Figment Country Club plans to launch an Indian club and a Spanish club, which will be designed by Architecture for Dialogue and Estudio Brava respectively.

Czech Figure Club

Remote work: what can be done in the cloud?

Figment’s program of cultural events will feature both informal talks and large question-and-answer sessions on topics ranging from Web3 to smart cities to the launch of NFT clusters. Vigment will also offer daily virtual co-working sessions, giving citizens the opportunity to interact with one another, get involved and increase their productivity. Each country club will display its own collection of NFTs, giving citizens the opportunity to learn and start collecting.

Remote work in the metaverse

Beyond the metaverse, citizens of Figment will also have access to its physical embassies. The club’s first embassy will open this year in Singapore, but more locations will be announced soon.

Voting rights

Using blockchain technology, Figment citizens will have the ability to vote on major decisions, including expansion plans. In this way, they will be able to benefit from the growth of this cloud-based country.

Although the NFT industry is still in its “beta phase,” we believe that increased access, lower transaction fees and broader use cases will lead to a thriving and sustainable NFT ecosystem.

Remote work: the conclusion

The world is changing very quickly, and with remote work people are often at home, removing their ties to society. However, having a home in the cloud allows them to interact with each other and meet people from almost all over the world. All this gives a new meaning to the word “homeland”.

About the author

Fang Low is the founder and president of Figment, but also a “serial entrepreneur” based in Singapore.

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