Lauren Razavi is a writer & consultant. She’s the definition of a global nomad: her work for Flibl (her consultancy) and WeLagom (her blog) takes her all around the world. Lauren stays at Zoku for around a month each year.
What bring you to Amsterdam?
I have clients in the city and I enjoy spending time there. Most of the long-haul flights I take pass through Amsterdam, so it’s become a familiar spot for stopover days too.
What path has your career taken?
I started my career as a freelance journalist, reporting from more than 30 countries and publishing with leading media titles like The Guardian, Wired, VICE, and The Atlantic. Just before I graduated from an MA course in 2014, something strange happened: I was headhunted by Google to work on a global editorial project. I joined the team and the role was remote, which prompted me to transition to a nomadic lifestyle: Travelling from place to place in search of interesting stories and inspiring projects. I still live and work like that today.
What’s a life-changing event you’d recommend to others?
I’m originally from the UK, and we have a great festival scene over the summer months. One of the best ones, experience-wise, is Latitude Festival every July. It has live music, comedy, cabaret, talks, workshops, and amazing street food and craft beer. Some of my best memories are dancing the night away in the Faraway Forest area with friends, surrounded by art installations and light shows underneath the trees.
Which book have you gifted the most, and why?
New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms. The authors explore how technology has created global movements and new ways of organising, and argues that our institutions need to harness values like openness and transparency in order to stay relevant. It’s a really compelling read, filled with plenty of real world examples to back up the arguments.