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Freedom Matters

Freedom Matters

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The Freedom Matters podcast explores the intersection of technology, productivity, creativity and society.

Our collaborators are the leading productivity, digital wellness, and creative voices of our time. They share their powerful stories and guidance on how to nurture productivity and reclaim control over technology.

This is not another ‘productivity’ podcast which puts more pressure on listeners to obtain unrealistic life goals. Our stories are real, and the advice is pragmatic, authentic, and designed to support a healthier, happier and more productive life.
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Deep Work & Inspired Rest – Alicia Navarro

Freedom Matters

Working Shorter – Alex Pang
This week we welcome Alex Pang, advocate of the 4-day workweek. Alex has spent two decades studying people, technology, and the worlds they make. A Silicon Valley-based futurist and consultant, he is also the best-selling author of Shorter: Work better, smarter and shorter - here's how, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, and The Distraction Addiction. A growing number of businesses are shortening their working week to address problems with low productivity, poor mental health, and unequal working opportunities. Workers are still paid the same salary for a four-day week and the results are revolutionary. In this episode we explore this movement with Alex, and discuss: Why companies are moving to a 'shorter' week How working less increases creativity, productivity and reduces burn-out What culture changes are needed to move to a 4DWW How a shorter working week fits with the future of work Alex, runs a consultancy company,, where he has worked with governments and Fortune 500 companies; spoken at venues ranging from CIA headquarters to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to the Googleplex; and held academic positions at Stanford and Oxford universities. You can find Alex:  At his business, Strategy.Rest: On LinkedIn: Or @askpang on Twitter and Instagram This episode is part of our new mini-series on the Future of Work. Listen to episodes with Chase Warrington and forthcoming with Rebecca Seal and Shamsi Iqbal to hear more. Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music and audio production: Toccare
January 20, 2022
Working Remotely – Chase Warrington
This week, we welcome Chase Warrington. Chase is the Head of Remote at Doist, a pioneer of distributed work that specializes in productivity software. He is responsible for developing and executing Doist’s remote work strategy, co-located events and advocating for the future of work on behalf of the company. He has worked remotely for over 12 years, as one of Doist’s 100 employees in 35 countries. He is a regular contributor, instructor, and consultant to many of the leading remote work organizations and publications, as well as the host of his own podcast, About Abroad. Today we discuss: - How the remote-first and hybrid businesses, are becoming widespread - The key principles for operating a remote organization - How to work asynchronously, successfully - Why hiring has to change for remote work - How remote work is about giving your employees both a great job and a great life. Chase is currently based in Spain and is fluent in English and conversational in Spanish. When not nerding out about remote work, he loves traveling in his campervan, spending time in the mountains, and taking his husky pup on a jog from time to time. For more from Chase: dcwarrington LinkedIn:  Instagram: Chase's podcast, About Abroad: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music and audio production: Toccare
January 06, 2022
"Good Burdens" – A Guest Episode From JOMO(cast)
This week, we are sharing with you an episode from the JOMO(cast) podcast. In this abridged version we hear host Christina Crook discuss with Albert Borgmann his concept of Good Burdens. Born in Germany in 1937, technology philosopher Albert Borgmann has seen technological transitions and upheavals unknown to many. Throughout his long life, he’s studied and written about the impact of technological advancement on every aspect of society. Within this context, Dr. Borgmann joins Christina on the JOMO(cast) to discuss the cost-benefit analysis of technology’s ability to lift our burdens, and why good burdens are vital to preserve if we want to live intentionally and with joy. Hear Christina and Albert discuss: - The history of technology and it's changing impacts - The perils of distraction - The concept of Good Burdens - How technology can obliterate good burdens - Why the culture of the table is a hopeful place Listen to the original conversation: Listen to more episodes of Jomo(cast): Learn more about Christina Crook & JOMO: Order Christina's new book, Good Burdens, based on this concept: Read books by Albert: -Crossing The Postmodern Divide (2013) -Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry (2008) - Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology (2003) -Holding Onto Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (2007) -Real American Ethics: Taking Responsibility For Our Country (2010) -The Philosophy of Language: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues (2012) Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music and audio production: Toccare
December 23, 2021
The Power of Fun – Catherine Price
This week, we welcome back Catherine Price, founder of and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again. In this light-hearted episode, we explore what exactly 'fun' is and talk about how to make space for more of it in our lives! We cover: Why you may well feel dead inside, and how fun can make you feel alive How technology can get in the way of fun What Catherine defines as 'fun' The enormous health and productivity benefits of fun How to structure your life to encourage fun magnets How to have more fun this holiday season! For more fun you can also sign up for Catherine's newsletter at, where you can access: -  ”What’s Your Fun Personality Type?” quiz -  ”Are We Fun Compatible?” quiz -   Bookclub and Discussion Guide -   Pre-order links (and pre-order incentives, including pre-launch access to a special “Fun Toolkit”) -   A global #Funtervention challenge in January and February taking place via Catherine’s newsletter and social media feeds (30 days of helping people create better screen/life balance and have more fun) You can also follow Catherine on Twitter (@Catherine_Price) and Instagram (@_CatherinePrice) Catherine Price: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music and audio production: Toccare
December 09, 2021
Digital Dopamine 24/7 – Dr. Anna Lembke
This week, we talk with with Anna Lembke, a clinician scholar and leading global expert in addiction. Anna recently appeared in the Netflix Documentary, The Social Dilemma, and in August 2021, released the book Dopamine Nation, exploring how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world. Her view is that, for many of us, our technology use is contributing to our pleasure-seeking habits, tipping our neurological balance and making us miserable. This is an episode rooted in science, which is too important to ignore. We discuss: Why it is fair and important to use the term 'digital addiction' The role of dopamine on our brains and why it gets us hooked How our 'tolerance' to using technology will naturally increase overtime, leaving us wanting more quantity or potency in our digital experiences The mechanisms within technology that keep us hooked Why it is easier than ever before to get distracted Why digital detoxes are necessary How to use technology in a more balanced way And why, for the sake of our brains, we should ignore distraction and turn towards pain Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps an active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice. In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times Bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world. To learn more about Anna: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music and audio production: Toccare
November 25, 2021
Four Thousand Weeks – Oliver Burkeman
This week, we talk with with Oliver Burkeman. He is the author of "Four Thousand Weeks", a book about making the most of our radically finite lives in a world of impossible demands, relentless distraction and 'productivity techniques' that mainly just make everyone feel busier. It’s a longer episode than usual because it is packed with wisdom. We discuss: - Oliver’s understanding of ‘productivity’ and the challenges of productivity culture - The finity of time and how to understand it - Why we turn towards unimportant tasks and leave the meaningful work undone - How technology makes us feel limitless, even though we are not - How to serialise your life - Why patience is a superpower And so much more…. Oliver is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done. He wrote a long-running column for the Guardian, This Column Will Change Your Life, and has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality and the power of limits. To buy Four Thousand Weeks: To follow Oliver & his thoughts: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music and audio production: Toccare
November 11, 2021
Is Your Smartphone Irresistible? – Adam Alter
Do you sometimes feel like you are not in control of your day? Before you realise it, your plans and time have been hijacked by a diversion and you don't know why. If so, you are not alone. This week, we speak with Adam Alter, author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink. He is a social psychologist and expert in the effects of subtle environmental cues on human cognition and decision making. In this episode, we discuss: - factors which shape our behaviour and decision-making, like names and colours - why the technology we use is so influential - how addicted we are to technology - how technology companies are removing friction to hold our attention - why our struggles with smartphones are just the beginning - some top tips to resist the Irresistible. Adam is a Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the Robert Stansky Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible, which considers why so many people today are addicted to behaviours including incessant smartphone use, video game playing and online shopping; and Drunk Tank Pink, which investigates how hidden forces in the world shape our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. More on Adam: To purchase Irresistible: To purchase Drunk Tank Pink: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
October 28, 2021
Habits, Hooks, and How to be Indistractable – Nir Eyal
If habits are meant to be useful, why then do we form bad ones? And just how can we resist the hook of technology, to be indistractable? This week we're in conversation with Nir Eyal. Nir is the author of two bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Nir previously taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Nir co-founded and sold two tech companies since 2003 and was dubbed by The M.I.T. Technology Review as, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” In this episode we discuss: - Why we form good (and bad) habits - The underlying roots of distraction - How to become indistractable Nir Eyal: To purchase Indistractable: For a summary of Indistractable: Distraction guide: This episode is part of of a new mini-series, which explores 'who's in control - the tech, or us?'. Look out for episodes with Nicholas Carr, Adam Alter and Anna Lembke, when they will be sharing their own views. Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
October 14, 2021
Information, Attention, the Internet, and Our Brains – Nicholas Carr
Is the internet making us stupid? What is the difference between information and knowledge, and just why is attention so important? This week we're in conversation with Nicholas Carr. Nick is an acclaimed writer whose work focuses on the intersection of technology, economics, and culture. In 2008, he wrote an article for The Atlantic entitled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"  His subsequent book, The Shallows – What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, was the first of its kind, calling on us to question the value of the internet and the impact that it was having on our brains. A New York times bestseller when it was first published and now hailed as a modern classic, The Shallows won the Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into 25 languages. It remains a touchstone for debates on technology's effects on our thoughts and perceptions. And a second edition of the shallows was published in 2020. In this episode we discuss: - what led Nicholas to write the book and why it was so important - the relationship between the internet, information, knowledge, memory and our brains - just why attention is so important This episode is part of of a new mini-series, which explores 'who's in control - the tech, or us?' Look out for subsequent episodes with Nir Eyal and Anna Lembke, when they will be sharing their own views. Nicholas Carr: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
September 30, 2021
Music, Games, and Keeping Track of Time – Jack Wall
What can an award-winning Hollywood composer teach us about productivity? In this episode, we welcome Jack Wall. Jack is known for his epic scores for dozens of leading video games including Mass Effect, Myst, and most notably, Call of Duty - the largest interactive entertainment property in the world. A multi-time BAFTA and ASCAP award nominee, he writes for the supernatural drama TV series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments on Disney/Freeform, and for numerous other series. In this episode we discuss: the process of composing music for games how he manages large projects to deadline trusting your skills to let the work flow The music throughout this episode is courtesy of Jack Wall and Activision. It features excerpts from Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, which Jack composed and recorded in the midst of the pandemic in 2020. Jack Wall: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Theme Music: Toccare
September 16, 2021
Sprints, Breaks & Async Work Done Well – John Zeratsky
What if we didn't just treat work as a series of sprints, but our whole life? What if we applied the same process of reflection that we do at the end of our projects, to our whole life? In this episode, we welcome John Zeratsky, a co-founder and general partner at Character, where he supports technology startups with capital and sprints. He is the bestselling author of Sprint, Make Time, and former design partner at GV. Previously, John was a design leader for YouTube, Google Ads, and FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in 2007. In this episode we discuss: how the principles of 'Sprint' are applicable across life other steps to 'Make Time' his views on the future of work - and of asynchronous work done well For more from John: John Zeratsky For more on Sprint: The Sprint Book For more on Make Time: Make Time Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
August 26, 2021
Curiosity, Fear & 'Match Fit' Leadership – Holly Ransom
What if we did something that scared us every single day? How would that reset our perspective on life? What could we achieve? In this episode, we welcome Holly Ransom, an expert in disruption and future leadership. As the founder and CEO of Emergent, she helps individuals and teams formulate the questions to find their strategy for making effective change. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Holly is also widely recognised as one of the world’s top female keynote speakers. She has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, interviewed Barack Obama on stage, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch in 2017, and was awarded the U.S. Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence in 2019. Her new book, The Leading Edge, brings the real-world leadership lessons of so many diverse thinkers and pioneers she’s met to the fore. In this episode we discuss: - why fear is a game-changer - the power of curiosity - why leadership is not 'match-fit' to manage the future of technology For more from Holly: - Her book: The Leading Edge - Some of Holly's content: Holly Ransom | Portfolio - Holly’s long-running podcast series Coffee Pods: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Theme music: Toccare
August 12, 2021
Laziness Does Not Exist – Devon Price
What if laziness doesn't exist? What if it is just a social construct, that is getting in the way of us all living our best lives? In this episode, we welcome Devon Price, the author of the books Laziness Does Not Exist (with Simon & Schuster) and the forthcoming Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity (with Penguin Random House, out next year). They are a social psychologist and clinical assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago. Devon's work has appeared on CNBC, Huffpo, the Financial Times, Lithub, Jacobin Magazine, and on NPR. They write regularly at In this episode we discuss: where the concept of laziness first originated and why it persists how your productivity is not your worth how to live a lazy and more fulfilling life For more from Devon: @drdevonprice on Instagram and Twitter This episode features the music of Tanajah! Hear more here: Headshot photo credit: Collin Quinn Rice Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Theme music: Toccare
July 29, 2021
Deep Work & Inspired Rest – Alicia Navarro
How important is place when we think about deep work? Why is inspired rest so important, and how can we find it? In this episode, we welcome Alicia Navarro, a serial tech entrepreneur with a passion for product, brand, design and culture. In 2007, Alicia founded Skimlinks, which she grew to a $50 million a year global business and which in 2020 was acquired by Connexity. In 2018 she stood down from her role as Skimlinks CEO and went on a journey to find her next venture. On that journey she became frustrated by the lack of creative spaces for deep work. And so her latest company, Flown, was born. Flown is creating deep workplaces and spaces for knowledge workers today. In this episode we discuss: how to put Cal Newport's theory of Deep Work in to practice how to change corporate culture to embrace inspired rest why saying no as an entrepreneur, maybe the best thing you can do. More on Flown: Mission & Story: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
July 15, 2021
Going Light – Kaiwei Tang
How do objects inspire action? And are smartphones really the right tools to get our tasks done? In this episode, we welcome Kaiwei Tang. Kai is the co-founder and CEO of Light, and his Light Phone is leading a grassroots revolution against our overconnected digital culture. He believes that the right technology tool can empower us to be our best selves and to appreciate our lives more. Light Phone was launched in 2014, and is available in 71 different countries. It has been named the 10 most innovative consumer electronics companies in 2020 by fast company and the best a hundred innovations in 2019. In this episode we discuss: the story of Light what tools do we really need to go light how objects inspire action More on Light: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
July 02, 2021
Are you Futureproofed? – Kevin Roose
"A.I. is everywhere. Jobs are being automated. Algorithms run your life. What are you doing about it?" (excerpt from Futureproof by Kevin Roose) In this episode, we welcome Kevin Roose, an award-winning technology columnist for the New York Times and the New York Times bestselling author of three books: Futureproof, Young Money and The Unlikely Disciple. He has also hosted Rabbit Hole, a New York Times produced podcast about internet culture. He writes and speaks regularly on many topics, including automation and AI, social media, disinformation, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. In this extended 30 minute episode we discuss: his own tortured relationship with technology, and why he describes himself as a sub-optimist what led him to write Futureproof, and what it's all about the nine rules which will help us to reclaim autonomy in an age of AI For more on Kevin Roose: To read his latest articles: To order Futureproof: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
June 21, 2021
Laziness, Love and the Joy of Missing Out – Christina Crook
What are Good Burdens? Why do we need them? And what is the relationship between laziness, love and technology? In this episode, we welcome Christina Crook, a leading voice in the field of digital well-being. As the author of the award-winning book, The Joy of Missing Out, and the leader of the global #JOMO movement, she interviews other mindful tech leaders as the host of the JOMOcast and leads the JOMO Membership - Navigate- focusing you on the wisest investment of your time online to help you live more deliberately and experience more joy. Her new book, Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in the Digital Age will be available in November 2021. In this episode we discuss: the concept of Good Burdens the relationship between laziness, love and attention the algebra of joy and how it relates to technology For more on Christina Crook: And to pre-order Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in a Digital Age: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
June 11, 2021
Nature, Adventures and the Place for Tech – Jenny Tough & Alex Roddie
Is being in nature the antidote to the negatives of technology use? Or does technology have a place to enhance our experience of nature? In this episode, we welcome Jenny Tough, an endurance athlete and adventurer, and Alex Roddie, nature photographer and explorer. Jenny is currently working on a global challenge to run, solo and unsupported, across a mountain range on every continent. Alex is a long-distance backpacker, mountaineer, and lover of wild places. At work he’s a freelance writer, photographer, and the editor of Sidetracked magazine. In this episode we discuss: the place for technology in exploring our relationships with nature and technology how getting outdoors can support creativity More on Alex: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Sidetracked: More on Jenny: Website: Instagram: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
June 03, 2021
A World Without Email – Cal Newport
Many people blame distraction in the workplace on tools like email and Slack. Would our life be improved if we just took those tools away?  Unfortunately the answer is not so simple... In this episode, we speak with Cal Newport, computer science professor at Georgetown University and a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work. His work focuses on the intersection of digital technology and culture, and he is particularly interested in our struggle to deploy technology in ways that support, instead of subvert the things that we care about. Today we focus on his latest book, A World Without Email, to discuss: Why is email such a problem? How do workflows need to change to support a better work environment?  What does the future of work look like, and is there a place for email? Learn more about Cal and his work: Homepage: A World Without Email: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
May 27, 2021
The Juggle, Modern Writers and the Truth about Productivity – Joanna Rakoff
As the world switches to hybrid working, many of us are having to learn how to manage our space, time and demands now that we work from home. But authors have been doing it for decades. What is the secret to success? In this episode, we welcome Joanna Rakoff, the author of the international bestselling memoir My Salinger Year and the novel A Fortunate Age, winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction, the Elle Readers’ Prize, and a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. She has written frequently for The New York Times, Vogue, Marie Claire, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many other publications. In this episode we discuss: Her working environment and the habits which keep her on track What productivity means to her The impact of social media on writers and their work The film adaptation of My Salinger Year stars Margaret Qualley as Joanna and Sigourney Weaver as her boss. Directed by Oscar-nominee Philippe Falardeau, the film opens in theaters and streaming in North America on March 5, 2021 and in the UK on May 17, 2021. To find out more about Joanna ( To watch My Salinger Year (in the US): Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
May 21, 2021
The Truth about Youth and Technology – Larissa May
The data is inconclusive. Conflicting studies will paint very different stories about the relationship between technology and the mental health of young people. This episode hopes to bring some clarity to the situation. In this episode, we welcome Larissa May, founder of Half the Story, a global not-for-profit, whose mission is to empower youth to engage in technology with intention. Time, Forbes, Good Morning America and CNN have all acclaimed her powerful work and influence as a digital wellness activist. In this episode we discuss: Her journey to founding Half The Story The important difference between connections and connecting Relativity and our relationship with technology The dangers of commercializing mental health Half the Story: Larissa's website: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare Additional Audio Editing: Steven Raets – Sonark Media
May 13, 2021
Super-foods, the Blame Game and Toxic Positivity - Jocelyn Brewer
Technology is getting a bad rep. In fact, gaming is a super-food, productivity itself is 'toxic', and urban geography is more to blame than iPhones when we consider the challenges of society today. In this episode, we welcome Jocelyn Brewer, a Sydney-based registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age. In 2013 she created Digital Nutrition as a positive framework for addressing digital wellbeing issues and our love-hate relationship with technology. In addition to her private psychology practice, Jocelyn is a sought-after speaker, educator and media commentator. In this episode we discuss: Why gaming is a super-food Why tech-is a convenient, but misplaced 'fall-guy' for the challenges of today Why critical thinking lies at the heart of our future relationships with tech To find out more from Jocelyn ( To find a diverse set of positive games: ( Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
May 07, 2021
Teens, Parents & The Machines – Doug Kaufman
Can AI know our children better than we do? What are the signs of mental health problems online? And is it right that technology should be the first to spot them? In this episode, we welcome Doug Kaufman, the founder and CEO of Vertroos Health, which has created Nika. Nika is a tool to help parents identify mental health challenges in their children by decrypting their online activity. Doug, who holds a PhD in Psychology, is a serial entrepreneur, but never before has he built a product so personal to him. In this episode we discuss: Doug's own journey that led him to create Nika how technology can detect signs of mental illness in online behaviour the role of AI in supporting us to know ourselves and our children better For further resource on teen mental health, parenting and more: For more on Nika: Find Doug Kaufman on LinkedIn Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
April 29, 2021
Valley Bros, Competition, and Slowing it all Down – Giancarlo Pitocco (Part 2)
Is the Social Dilemma a useful documentary? What are the problems with the current tech landscape and importantly, what are the solutions? In this episode, we welcome back Giancarlo Pitocco for the second part of our conversation with him. Giancarlo is an ex-Facebook/Instagram employee who has spent over a decade studying tech's impact on how we think, feel, work, and communicate. Now he’s on a mission to help us reclaim our attention, wellbeing, and lives from the powerful grips of distractive digital technology. Giancarlo launched Purposeful Digital Wellbeing to deliver his digital wellbeing curriculum through transformative talks, workshops, coaching, and consulting programs that have been sought out by organizations like The World Economic Forum, New York City Department of Education, Adobe, Spotify, Facebook, and Common Sense Media. In this episode we discuss: leadership in technology and the digital wellness movement the importance of competition for improving responsibility why double digit growth is not sustainable Like what you hear, but missed the first episode? You can listen here. You can also follow the latest with the Senate Anti-Trust Hearings here: Apple, Google Come Under Fire at Senate Antitrust Hearing More about Giancarlo: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
April 22, 2021
Honesty, Common Sense, and Growth - Parven Kaur
How honest are we with ourselves about our own screen habits? Honesty in this episode is key, as we discuss the best ways to parent in a digital age. In this episode, we welcome Parven Kaur, founder of Kids N Clicks; a web resource that help parents and children thrive in a digital world. With over 80,000 visits a month, Parven has a unique insight into what parents care about when managing technology in their families. Her expertise has led her to write for organisations including Common Sense Media and FOSI. In this episode we discuss: How honesty with yourself is the first step to good digital parenting How has the pandemic affected social and digital wellbeing Which resources to trust on digital wellbeing How to develop a growth mindset in your child. You can find out more about Parven at Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
April 15, 2021
Screentime for kids, Thriving and the Importance of Intuition - Julia Storm
During the pandemic, screentime amongst children sky-rocketed, and parents became anxious. But do we really need to worry? And what can we do to encourage our kids to thrive in this digital world? In this episode, we welcome Julia Storm, a Los Angeles-based Digital Media Wellness Specialist. She is an educator, writer, public speaker and the founder of ReConnect, a whole child and whole family approach.  In this episode we discuss:  how to focus on your child, rather than screentime how to think about different types of screentime  two key skills to develop in your children (and yourself) to stay on top of technology. Learn more about Julia: Instagram - @reconnect4u Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
April 09, 2021
The Pandemic, Positive Psychology & Friction - Teodora Pavkovic
Just how damaging has the pandemic been for our digital habits, and how can positive psychology help us to reset? In this episode, we welcome Teodora Pavkovic a psychologist, parenting coach and digital wellness consultant who utilizes the principles of emotional intelligence, neuroscience and positive psychology to inform and improve digital wellness for individuals, teams and organizations. Teodora is committed to helping individuals and groups preserve and protect their wellbeing and relationships in this increasingly digital world. In this episode we discuss: the impact of the pandemic on digital habits some approaches in psychology which are useful to build a healthier relationship with technology just why friction is so important. You can find out more about Teodora at: Website: Twitter: @psycoachTP Or read more about the topics discussed: In search of kindness, empathy and compassion in the digital world: 5 ways to create a healthy relationship with technology: Safety and positivity online: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
April 02, 2021
A Social Hierarchy of Needs, Hybrid Culture & Zoom Fatigue – Giancarlo Pitocco (Part1)
How should we define digital wellbeing? And how can technology serve us and our needs, values and aspirations? In this episode, we welcome Giancarlo Pitocco an ex-Facebook/Instagram employee who has spent over a decade studying tech's impact on how we think, feel, work, and communicate. Now he’s on a mission to help us reclaim our attention, wellbeing, and lives from the powerful grips of distractive digital technology. Giancarlo launched Purposeful Digital Wellbeing to deliver his powerful digital wellbeing curriculum through transformative talks, workshops,coaching, and consulting programs that have been sought out by organizations like The World Economic Forum, New York City Department of Education, Adobe, Spotify, Facebook, and Common Sense Media. In this episode we discuss: - frameworks for understanding digital wellbeing - how to align technology to your needs, values and aspirations - the best ways to combat zoom fatigue This is the first of two conversations with Giancarlo - tune in to coming episodes to hear more. More about Giancarlo: Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
March 26, 2021
Burnout, Humanity and The Culture of You - Jonathan Garner
Jonathan Garner discusses the evolution of work and how companies now need to invest in their teams in new ways. In a hybrid workplace how do we recreate water-cooler moments? Our guest this week is clear - zoom quizzes are not the answer. Instead, how about investing in a Culture of You. In this episode, we welcome Jonathan Garner, founder or Mind Over Tech. Through live sessions and scalable online programmes Mind over Tech helps people embrace technology with intention. Their clients include Vodafone, Google, KPMG, The Cabinet Office, Natwest Group, Just Eat, and they are increasingly starting to bring their offerings to individuals as well. In this episode we discuss:  the reality of burnout in a pandemic  the challenges of a new hybrid working environment why companies need to invest in the culture of individuals. Mind over Tech ( Mot Newsletter ( Digital Habits Lab ( Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
March 19, 2021
Phones, Fun, and a Daily Delight – Catherine Price
What really is fun? And how do we get more of it in our lives? In this episode, we welcome Catherine Price, "...the Marie Kondo of brains" (The New York Times), journalist, speaker and author of international best-seller, 'How to Break Up with Your Phone'.  In this episode we discuss: what the pandemic has taught Catherine about screen/life balance how to define and find fun why a daily delight practice will spark joy We have no doubt, this conversation will leave you with a smile. The music you hear in today's episode is by Freedom's own Tanajah. Hear "Kid Again" and more here. == Catherine Price ( Screen / Life Balance ( How to Break Up With Your Phone (Ten Speed Press, 2018) ( Join the Fun Squad ( Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Theme music: Toccare
March 15, 2021
Conversation, Control, and Unplugging for a Cause – Kim Cavallo, founder of the Unplug Collaborative
Why is control over technology such a misleading concept? And do we all need a 12 - step program? In this episode of Freedom Matters, we welcome Kim Cavallo, a nonprofit fundraiser turned unplugged experience curator, and Director of the Unplugged Collaborative, organisers of the National Day of Unplugging (March 5th - 6th). In this episode we discuss: the role of non-profits in supporting social change the power of conversation why everyone needs a 12 step-program and how to get involved in the National Day of Unplugging 2021 National Day of Unplugging 50+ Ideas of What to Do on NDU 2021 Unplug and Crochet for a Cause Fort Fun Photo Contest Little Free Libraries Scavenger Hunts  More about Kim Experience Freedom Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare
March 05, 2021
Coffee, Tea, and How Freedom Came to Be – Fred Stutzman tells the story of creating the Freedom app.
Where did Freedom begin? And faced with the challenges of big tech, the attention economy, and workplace innovation, what is its future? In our first episode of Freedom Matters, we welcome Freedom's Founder & CEO, Fred Stutzman. We discuss: what motivated him to build leading productivity app, Freedom his take on the challenges of the technology landscape why users need guard-rails how work is changing and innovation is inevitable and why there may be a more positive future for social media. More about Fred Experience Freedom Host and Producer: Georgie Powell Music: Toccare, Blue Dot Sessions
March 04, 2021
LISTEN: On Becoming Indistractable – Live Interview with Nir Eyal
In a time of constant distraction, how can we become less distracted? In this interview, renowned author and behavioral design expert Nir Eyal discusses specific steps we can take to be less distracted and more engaged with what matters most. Resources mentioned: Schedule maker: Summary article: Distraction guide: Wikipedia news page: (daily) === Freedom Matters Interviews Nir Eyal For the Freedom team, Fred Stutzman, Alex Dempsey and Phil Amalong Music by Toccare
October 19, 2020
LISTEN: 5 Ways For Freelancers To Reclaim Focus With Deep Work
As a freelancer, you have no choice but to be a jack of all trades. Between marketing your business, responding to clients, and managing your finances, it’s a 24/7 grind. The ability to juggle a million different priorities isn’t just an advantage — it’s a must. But there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive. But the good news is that you can reclaim your focus and tap into unparalleled levels of productivity. Introducing… deep work. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
September 15, 2020
LISTEN: How To Stay Focused While Studying
Studying is tough. Whether you’re a veteran student getting a Ph.D. or someone starting high school, figuring out how to stay focused while studying is a challenge that we all face. Whether your biggest challenge is social media, procrastination, time management, or a combination of all three, we’ve got a variety of tools and techniques that can help minimize the stress of studying and keep you focused on what matters. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
September 15, 2020
LISTEN: I Hate Social Media - A Guide To Taking A Break
Many people, upon realizing how much time they’re spending on social media, push back, hoping to reclaim some of their time. But it’s not easy. Social media is addicting. It’s enjoyable to see the like count steadily climb on an Instagram post. They want to make changes to their social media usage but don’t know how. We’re here to help. If you’ve ever found yourself hating social media and wanting to take a break, this post is for you. We’re going to break down why people often hate social media, as well as how to effectively take a break. Ready? Let’s dive in. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
September 11, 2020
LISTEN: How To Focus On Reading
Addicting technology is so embedded in our daily lives that we’ve become accustomed to having the information we want available within seconds, summed up in 140 280 characters or less. We constantly switch between apps, and when we get a notification, we drop what we’re doing and check it out. These habits are impairing our concentration and making it difficult for us to focus on tasks like reading that require sustained focus. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
September 11, 2020
LISTEN: 5 Signs You're Spending Too Much Time On Your Phone
Not as productive as you used to be? Feeling anxious all the time while your real-life relationships degrade? The culprit may be buzzing in your front pocket. Most of us know that we’re spending more time scrolling, swiping, and browsing on our phones. But when we start thinking about how to minimize it, things get murky. We tell ourselves that extra visit to Facebook or game of Fortnite isn’t that harmful. It’s hard to consider detaching from devices that have become such integral parts of our lives. You can do better, though. It comes down to building new habits and applying practical tips that reclaim lost time. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
September 11, 2020
LISTEN: Why Do I Procrastinate? 6 Ways To Stop Procrastinating Today
Why do we procrastinate? And most importantly, how do we overcome procrastination? In this post, we break down the what, why, and how of procrastination. We’ll talk specific strategies for overcoming procrastination, as well as examine the root causes of it. The goal? To beat the beast of procrastination. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
August 26, 2020
LISTEN: Time Blocking – A Guide For Consistently Productive Days
Most people use their calendars reactively, meaning that they put things on their calendars as they come up. The problem with this approach is that it can lead to the day getting very chopped up, which then makes it difficult to get things done which require in-depth thinking. So what exactly is time blocking? Why does it work so well for some people? And how can you implement it in your own life? From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
August 25, 2020
LISTEN: Screen Time Rules - Not Just for Kids Anymore
For adults, the thought of applying screen time rules for ourselves is often overlooked. Shouldn’t we have enough discipline to handle this on our own? This couldn’t be further from the truth. In this age of unprecedented screen access and interactions with tech designed to be addictive, it’s never been more important to use every tool we can to ensure our screen time is healthy and intentional. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
August 20, 2020
LISTEN: What's the Point Of Productivity?
The line between work and home has been seriously blurred, if not completely obliterated. It’s increasingly difficult to tell whether we’ve had a productive day, and many people feel like they’ve never done enough. But is this productivity shame appropriate? Where have we gotten our preconceived notions about what it means to be a productive worker? Maybe it’s time to reconsider our ideas of productivity. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
August 20, 2020
LISTEN: Why Can't I Focus?
Whenever you’re up to your eyeballs on a tight deadline and find yourself wandering off into a social media black hole or a YouTube binge, a single question comes to mind: Why can’t I just focus already? Why is it so hard to focus? What does focus even mean and how can we do it better? We explore the research and ask the experts for the best ways that we can improve focus. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
August 13, 2020
LISTEN: How Your Phone Is Ruining Your Relationships
Smartphones have changed everything from how we navigate when driving, to how we purchase goods and services. They’ve also radically changed the way we interact with one other. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
July 23, 2020
LISTEN: What's The Right Amount Of Time To Spend On Your Phone?
How much time did you spend on your phone yesterday? How much phone time is right for you? We look at the research and discuss guidelines for healthy screen time. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
July 22, 2020
LISTEN: Decision Fatigue – The Cost Of Distraction
In order to make a good decision, you must weigh all the factors involved, decide what’s most important, and then act based on that analysis. Performing these calculations requires mental energy, and your ability to make good decisions declines with the number of decisions you must make. Decision fatigue sets in as you make more and more choices. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
July 22, 2020
LISTEN: Lack Of Motivation – The Forgotten Emotional Aspects Of Productivity
When you understand what motivation is and how it works, you can then do specific things to significantly increase your overall levels of motivation. We explore the intricacies of motivation, discover why we often lack it, and look at practical actions we can take to improve it. From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
July 21, 2020
LISTEN: Finding Focus In Uncertain Times
While uncertainty levels are at an all-time high right now, it’s not going to totally disappear once this is all over. We will all continue to experience periods of confusion and anxiety from time to time. That’s just how life is. So how can we find focus when it feels like everything is turned upside down? From Freedom Matters Blog Host: Mike Goodrick Music by Toccare
July 21, 2020