People who cross borders can make a better world. But first we need to leave La La Land.

Show Notes

Movement is core to the human experience and to the emancipation of ambitious young people all over the world. Leaving home – really leaving – is the final step of one's education, says Felix Marquardt, author of The New Nomads. But globetrotters must leave another place – La La Land, the magical world where their privilege isolates them from the world as it really is for most of humanity. And just as important as the moment we leave, is the moment we come home. 

For the first episode of the new season, a wide-ranging conversation about belonging, climate, addiction, the lessons of indigenous cultures and why we've been thinking about nomadism all wrong, with author and recovering "global schmoozer" Felix Marquardt. 

00:15 Intro
02:07 Meet Felix Marquardt 
03:37 Who are the New Nomads?
06:12 The two most important moments in one's life
08:37 The limits of digital nomadism
12:22 We've been thinking about nomadism all wrong
16:39 What indigenous cultures can teach us 
18:41 (Ad) The genesis of Borderline 
20:57 A civilization of addicts
27:13 How we resist despair
30:27 Leaving La La Land
38:51 Outro

📚 The New Nomads: How the Migration Revolution is Making the World a Better Place, by Felix Marquardt. Simon & Schuster UK. 2021. Buy it here. 
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Borderline is a podcast for defiant global citizens covering geopolitics, immigration and lives that straddle borders, with host Isabelle Roughol.