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COVID-19 Update

Listen. This pandemic sucks. But just because we can’t gather outside doesn’t mean we’re alone. We’re digital nomads and we know how to build digital community better than anyone. WE WERE BORN FOR THIS.

That’s why we’re hosting dozens of digital events in the 7in7 Society to combat the loneliness of self-isolation and allow our community to thrive! Come join us 🙂


7in7 in 2020 and beyond


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An open letter from 7in7 co-founder Kit Whelan:

Hi everyone! 7in7ers past, present, and future. Today we’re going to lay out what’s in store for 7in7 for the rest of 2020.

Like each one of you, we’ve been looking at how this pandemic has spread around the world, the lockdowns, and the recoveries, all trying to predict the future and plan what the next few years are going to look like. We know that for many of you, and for Nick, Kyrie, and myself, 7in7 is a huge anchor point in our year. It’s something we look forward to for 11 months in between events. Our entire year orbits around those weeks in October when we gather together. We count on it as a chance to meet up with friends, dream up futures together, and strengthen our nomad community.

When deciding whether or not 7in7 should go forward in 2020, we’ve considered every option: the safety of all of you, our community, our attendees, as well as the safety of the local population and the impact we might have on them. We thought about whether we’d be able to have the type of event we want: you know 7in7 is all about hugs & high fives and gathering people closely together who spend so much of their year apart.

And we want to make sure that everyone in our community, from every country and with any passport, can be a part of that.

So, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s very unlikely we’d be able to have the event we all want to have this year. We’ve made the tough – but perhaps unsurprising – decision to postpone 7in7 Year Five in Cape Town until 2021. The new dates are October 26 – November 2, 2021.

We want to make sure that when we all arrive in Cape Town we can experience this wonderful place to the fullest, and this decision will allow that to be possible. We want each of you to be able to go to the beaches, visit the penguins, ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, crowd in with a bunch of other nomads on the sun-drenched patios of seaside restaurants, enjoy epic wine tastings, go to the museums, take the tours, and learn about this incredible place and engage with its people.

It’s so difficult to bring you all this news, but we know this is the best course of action for our community. So while we must wait an extra year to gather everyone together in person, we know this community is keeping connections strong in the meantime. In the past few months since lockdown began, we’ve run dozens of coworking sessions, games nights, friend hangouts, movie nights, and tons of other fun digital events in the 7in7 Society. We’ll be keeping those bonds strong throughout lockdown for members of our community across the globe. Helping each other stay sane, safe, and connected through these times. It’s been so wonderful to see the faces of our community every day, whether you show up every single day or just pop in a few times a month to say hello. If you haven’t dropped in on one of our virtual gatherings yet, we invite you to please do so! The 7in7 community is always here for you. We know that you’ll all continue to join us throughout the year.

We’ll be emailing everyone who already had a ticket to this year’s conference to get your mailing address and send you a little something special later this year. Keep an eye out! All of your tickets have already been converted to 2021, so you don’t have to do a single thing. If you have any questions, there’s a special FAQ below.

This is obviously not how we envisioned our 2020, but we’re confident this is the right decision for all of us; the safety and longevity of our community is paramount. We’ll see you every week in the 7in7 Society throughout this year for more coworking, gaming, movie watching, social hangs, and emotional support. And we can’t wait to gather with you all for what is sure to be a wonderful celebration of nomad life in 2021.

Love & High Fives,
The 7in7 Team


FAQ


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October 26 – November 2, 2021. But plan to stay for longer! Many attendees arrive 1-2 weeks before the event and hang around a few weeks after it ends to maximize community time.

 

No. 7in7 is more than just speeches and workshops. The purpose is to gather together and celebrate our community, so while we won’t have a virtual conference, we will be brainstorming ways to mark the occasion with something fun in October 2020.

 

No. Our mid-year retreat, conference, and post-conference retreat have all been pushed by one year and will take place in 2021.

 

We’re here for you! We get together every week for coworking sessions, watch parties, game nights, and other fun events in the 7in7 Society. Join us!

 

We’re certainly not disbanding our 2020 Retreaters crew just because there won’t be any retreats! We’ll be continuing our monthly accountability group on a complimentary basis and each 2020 Retreater will have access to the 7in7 Society through 2021. Everything we were going to do in person in 2020 is simply pushed to 2021.

 

7in7 Year Six in North America will take place in 2022. The host city and dates will be announced at the end of the Year Five conference in Cape Town in 2021.

As for Year Seven in Antarctica, we’re in the process of working out what this postponement will mean for those dates. We’ve already been in touch with our Polar Planning Team™ and we’ve confirmed we have flexibility if and when we need to move the departure date. If you’ve already put down your Antarctica deposit, we’ll keep you in the loop as we make decisions about shifting the date from late 2022 to either early 2023 or late 2023. We don’t expect to make these decisions until 2021.

 

We never said they had to be consecutive years 😉

Don’t worry – 7in7 is still committed to 7 conferences over 7 continents to bring nomads together and create community for the rest of our lives.

 

We’ll be postponing our Antarctica Payment Plan until 2021. If you’ve already made your deposit, rest assured that your spot is secure.

 

We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation across the globe and in South Africa. If we have any doubts about our event being unsafe, we won’t hesitate to reassess and move the dates once again. The safety and sanity of our community and the local host city is our primary concern.

 

We have a plan! We’ve already scaled back our monthly operating costs to the absolute bare minimum, cutting over 50% of our expenses. We’re always 100% open about our finances and where your money goes. You can read all about our financial situation here.

 

If for some reason you’re unable to attend the conference, you can transfer your ticket at no additional cost. You can start the process right here.

As our community knows, 7in7 operates on 0% profit and everyone on the team is a volunteer, including the co-founders. If you have an outstanding or emergency circumstance, you’re 100% sure you cannot attend the conference in 2021, and you cannot find anyone to take your ticket, we can offer a refund (minus bank processing fees) on a case-by-case basis.

 

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