This morning in the SF Chronicle there was an article about the new breed of urban worker. These nomadic brand of workers wander the city using cafes as their places of work . . . hmmmm. I think I like . . . [full article]
A new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern
technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco. Roaming from
cafe to cafe and borrowing a name from the nomadic Arabs who wandered freely in
the desert, they’ve come to be known as "bedouins."
This is a really good article that easily translates into an urban pastoral context. I especially like the part about the Starbucks vs. Independent Cafe section.
If you could split the Web workers into two main camps, you could say that
one camp plugs in at Starbucks, while the other chooses independent
neighborhood cafes. The two have vastly different ethics.
Starbucks offers a more corporate culture, and is a popular place for
business meetings. Executives who travel a lot often prefer Starbucks, knowing
they can find many branches in whatever city they go to. They also pay for the
Wi-Fi, through Starbucks’ partnership with T-Mobile.
Malik, for instance, swears by his Starbucks. (He doesn’t want to say
where it is, for fear that publicists from the companies he covers will stake
him out there and ruin the experience.) "The biggest day of my own little boy
life was when my own local Starbucks made me ‘customer of the week,’ " Malik
said. "That’s a Web worker gold medal."
Yet many of the scrappier startups, particularly those who have not taken
funding from venture capitalists, prefer the ethos of the independent cafes,
where the music is a little louder and the Wi-Fi is free.
Any more Bedouin Pastors – real or wannabe – out there?