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Freedom Matters

55 EpisodesProduced by Freedom Website

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 cont… read more

55 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Freedom to Think – Susie Alegre

May 12th, 2022


This week, we welcome Susie Alegre, a leading human rights barrister in the internationally renowned Doughty Street Chambers. She has been a legal …

On Being & Freedom – Krista Tippett

April 28th, 2022


This week we welcome Krista Tippett. Krista is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a National Humanities Medalist, a New York Times bestselling author and the creator and host of On Being, a world renown podcast which …

The Future of Work – Fred Stutzman

March 31st, 2022


This week, we wrap up our series on the the future of work with Founder and CEO of Freedom, Fred Stutzman. Freedom is developing the essential …

Working in a Cave – Jeremy Redleaf

March 17th, 2022


Jeremy Redleaf is an Emmy Award winning artist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Caveday, the world's most focused community. Their research-backed method is used by workers and companies in over 40 countries to do …

Working Flexibly – Charlie Warzel

March 3rd, 2022


This week we are in conversation with Charlie Warzel. Charlie writes the newsletter, Galaxy Brain for The Atlantic, where he is a Contributing Writer. Before that he was a writer-at-large for the New York Times Opinion …

Working Solo – Rebecca Seal

February 17th, 2022


This week we welcome Rebecca Seal. Rebecca is an author, journalist and occasional TV presenter. Her book, SOLO: How To Work Alone (And Not Lose Your Mind) was mostly written in 2019, before the pandemic, but became a …

Working Smarter – Shamsi Iqbal

February 3rd, 2022


This week we welcome Dr. Shamsi Iqbal. A Principal Researcher in the Modern Work Transformation Org in Microsoft, Shamsi is on the frontline of research, investigating productivity, attention and the future of work.

Working Shorter – Alex Pang

January 20th, 2022


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 …

Working Remotely – Chase Warrington

January 6th, 2022


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 …

"Good Burdens" – A Guest Episode From JOMO(cast)

December 23rd, 2021


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, …

The Power of Fun – Catherine Price

December 9th, 2021


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 …

Digital Dopamine 24/7 – Dr. Anna Lembke

November 25th, 2021


This week, we talk with with Anna Lembke, a clinician scholar and leading global expert in addiction. Anna recently appeared in the Netflix …

Four Thousand Weeks – Oliver Burkeman

November 11th, 2021


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 …

Is Your Smartphone Irresistible? – Adam Alter

October 28th, 2021


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 …

Habits, Hooks, and How to be Indistractable – Nir Eyal

October 14th, 2021


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 …

Information, Attention, the Internet, and Our Brains – Nicholas Carr

September 30th, 2021


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 …

Music, Games, and Keeping Track of Time – Jack Wall

September 16th, 2021


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 …

Sprints, Breaks & Async Work Done Well – John Zeratsky

August 26th, 2021


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 …

Curiosity, Fear & 'Match Fit' Leadership – Holly Ransom

August 12th, 2021


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 …

Laziness Does Not Exist – Devon Price

July 29th, 2021


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 …

Deep Work & Inspired Rest – Alicia Navarro

July 15th, 2021


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, …

Going Light – Kaiwei Tang

July 2nd, 2021


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 …

Are you Futureproofed? – Kevin Roose

June 21st, 2021


"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 …

Laziness, Love and the Joy of Missing Out – Christina Crook

June 11th, 2021


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 …

Nature, Adventures and the Place for Tech – Jenny Tough & Alex Roddie

June 3rd, 2021


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 …

A World Without Email – Cal Newport

May 27th, 2021


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? 

The Juggle, Modern Writers and the Truth about Productivity – Joanna Rakoff

May 21st, 2021


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 …

The Truth about Youth and Technology – Larissa May

May 13th, 2021


The data is inconclusive. Conflicting studies will paint very different stories about the relationship between technology and the mental health of …

Super-foods, the Blame Game and Toxic Positivity - Jocelyn Brewer

May 7th, 2021


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 …

Teens, Parents & The Machines – Doug Kaufman

April 29th, 2021


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 …

Valley Bros, Competition, and Slowing it all Down – Giancarlo Pitocco (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2021


Is the Social Dilemma a useful documentary? What are the problems with the current tech landscape and importantly, what are the solutions?

In this …

Honesty, Common Sense, and Growth - Parven Kaur

April 15th, 2021


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 …

Screentime for kids, Thriving and the Importance of Intuition - Julia Storm

April 9th, 2021


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 …

The Pandemic, Positive Psychology & Friction - Teodora Pavkovic

April 2nd, 2021


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 …

A Social Hierarchy of Needs, Hybrid Culture & Zoom Fatigue – Giancarlo Pitocco (Part1)

March 26th, 2021


How should we define digital wellbeing? And how can technology serve us and our needs, values and aspirations?

In this episode, we welcome Giancarlo …

Burnout, Humanity and The Culture of You - Jonathan Garner

March 19th, 2021


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 …

Phones, Fun, and a Daily Delight – Catherine Price

March 15th, 2021


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 …

Conversation, Control, and Unplugging for a Cause – Kim Cavallo, founder of the Unplug Collaborative

March 5th, 2021


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 …

Coffee, Tea, and How Freedom Came to Be – Fred Stutzman tells the story of creating the Freedom app.

March 4th, 2021


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, …

LISTEN: On Becoming Indistractable – Live Interview with Nir Eyal

October 19th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: 5 Ways For Freelancers To Reclaim Focus With Deep Work

September 15th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: How To Stay Focused While Studying

September 15th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: I Hate Social Media - A Guide To Taking A Break

September 11th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: How To Focus On Reading

September 11th, 2020


Addicting technology is so embedded in our daily lives that we’ve become accustomed to having the information we want available within seconds, …

LISTEN: 5 Signs You're Spending Too Much Time On Your Phone

September 11th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: Why Do I Procrastinate? 6 Ways To Stop Procrastinating Today

August 26th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: Time Blocking – A Guide For Consistently Productive Days

August 25th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: Screen Time Rules - Not Just for Kids Anymore

August 20th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: What's the Point Of Productivity?

August 20th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: Why Can't I Focus?

August 13th, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: How Your Phone Is Ruining Your Relationships

July 23rd, 2020


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

LISTEN: What's The Right Amount Of Time To Spend On Your Phone?

July 22nd, 2020


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

LISTEN: Decision Fatigue – The Cost Of Distraction

July 22nd, 2020


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. …

LISTEN: Lack Of Motivation – The Forgotten Emotional Aspects Of Productivity

July 21st, 2020


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 …

LISTEN: Finding Focus In Uncertain Times

July 21st, 2020


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 …

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