Today we’re setting a goal to provide short-term housing over the next five years for 100,000 people in need. We’ll start with refugees, disaster survivors, and relief workers, though we want to accommodate many more types of displaced people over time. To help people around the world facing displacement, we’ll work with our community of hosts to find not just a place to stay, but also a place to feel connected, respected, and a part of a community again. In addition, Airbnb will contribute $4 million over the course of four years to the International Rescue Committee to support the most critical needs of displaced populations globally.

February 5, 2017, Airbnb

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free for what?

This, I think, shows what being free means. Not cutting off one’s ties with others but making networks out of these connections in co-operation with them. Émigrés become free, not when they deny their lost homeland, but when they come to terms with it.

Changing the question ‘free from what?’ into ‘free for what?’; this change that occurs when freedom has been achieved has accompanied me on my migrations like a basso continuo. This is what we are like, those of us who are nomads, who come out of the collapse of a settled way of life.