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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

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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, strategy.rest, 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: https://www.strategy.rest/?page_id=8650

On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/askpang/

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 https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com/

Music and audio production: Toccare https://spoti.fi/3bN4eqO

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