Activities such as events help us fulfill a need to feel connected to each other. New memories are created through these shared experiences. Brené Brown, a professor and the author of Daring Greatly, said that connection matters: "Connection is why we're here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering," she said.
One organization has helped businesses interested in remote work learn best practices on creating remote teams. Running Remote Online (RRO) is an exclusive event being hosted on Wednesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 18, for founders of remote-first businesses who want guidance on building a remote team. RRO is a virtual version of the successful in-person conference that has been hosted annually since 2018.
Who is Running Remote?
Running Remote is a conference for leaders of remote-first businesses and distributed teams. In 2018, Running Remote kicked off its first conference in southern Bali, at the award-winning wellness resort Fivelements. More than 250 attendees learned from experts in remote work at this inaugural conference. Guest speakers including Lara Owen from Github, Joel Gascoigne from Buffer, Sarah Kuehnle from Dribble, Amir Salihefendić from Doist, and over 14 more experts shared their insights on distributed teams.
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Here is what a couple of attendees have said about Running Remote:
- “Great talk by @ursooperduper, head of product at @dribbble, on tools and processes to run remote design at @RunningRemote conference. Pairing with video conference, collaborating with virtual whiteboards and communal mood boards help a lot!” -Rick Giner
- “Reflecting on all the incredible stories I heard from fellow remote workers at @RunningRemote. I've been feeling so inspired since the conference. I'm eager to up my game sharing how we work remotely at @Dribbble and learning from others as well!” -Sarah Kuehnle
Each year, the organization continues to bring together attendees that partake in activities such as expert sessions and panel discussions. Plus, there are opportunities to network and build connections with each other. In his insightful book The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt cites other studies as evidence that experiences bring us more happiness because activities are things that we do with other people. Activities connect us to others.
Whether you're just getting started or have been working remotely for years, Running Remote can help you improve your skills around remote work by connecting you with like-minded people.
After the COVID-19 pandemic started at the beginning of 2020, the team at Running Remote made the right decision to postpone its Running Remote conference. Then the team regrouped to tackle an ambitious question: “There are many people that are now working from home. And some have never done so before. What can we do to help people that are new to working remotely from home?”
Remote AID was born from this discussion.
What happened at Remote AID?
Remote AID was a virtual event held on Monday, April 20. It was a swift response to people that were suddenly working from home. Forty experts on remote work such as David Heinemeier Hansson from Basecamp, Matt Davey from 1Password, and Lori McLeese from Automattic donated their time to share their expertise with over 1,860 attendees from countries across the globe.
Below are some of the topics that were covered:
Attendees turned to social media to share the value that they gained as RemoteAID unfolded. Here are some of those comments:
This value-packed one-day event benefited the Red Cross. The team from Running Remote isn't resting on their laurels just yet and is planning another virtual event to help even more remote workers.
What to expect with Running Remote Online
During this free two-day online event, leaders from remote businesses will have an opportunity to learn about remote work through insights, case studies, and strategies from experts in distributed teams. Thirty remote work veterans will share their lessons learned in remote work across 12 hours of content. There will also be sessions for networking and an expo.
The skills of working remotely are now a need to have. And like any skill, you get better with effort and practice. Would you like to fast-track your skills with remote work by learning from experts?
Save the date for Running Remote Online by registering online right now. (It takes less than 30 seconds.)
Here is a preview of some of the guest speakers that will contribute their expertise:
Running Remote Online, taking place on June 17 through June 18, will be jam-packed with valuable content that will help you build a remote team. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Attend RRO from anywhere in the world, including the safety and comfort of your home. Sign up now for Running Remote Online for free to invest in yourself and your team's future.