68 episodes

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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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.

    Sounds for Deep Work – Dan Clark & Phil Amalong

    Sounds for Deep Work – Dan Clark & Phil Amalong

    Dan Clark is CEO of Brain.FM, which creates music for the brain, to help you unlock your best self, by focusing, relaxing and sleeping better. Phil Amalong is the VP Marketing of Freedom, and audio producer and music composer for Freedom Matters. They both love music, and have lived and breathed how music can change the way we function and work.

    In this two part episode, we speak firstly with Phil. We talk about how he builds the soundtracks for our podcast, about his career history as a musician and entrepreneur, and why focus sounds have become an important part of the Freedom product.

    Focus sounds exist in Freedom, in part due to Brain.fm. Brain.fm's CEO, Dan, explains the science behind how focus sounds work to align the vibrations in our brain so that we can think more clearly and stay focused for longer. Dan has spent years hacking his life to improve his focus, and believes there is still so much to learn when it comes to sound.

    Websites:
    freedom.to
    brain.fm

    Freedom Matters Host and Producer: Georgie Powell https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com

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

    Music in this episode: 

    - Predictions by Brain.fm

    - Freedom Matters Theme - composed/produced by Philip Amalong

    - Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 109, Mvt 3 excerpt - performed by Philip Amalong

    - Arc - composed/produced by Philip Amalong

    - Apex by Brain.fm

    - Moon Cycles by Brain.fm

    - Pando by Brain.fm

    - Predictions by Brain.fm

    • 34 min
    The Tools of Our Mind – John Mack

    The Tools of Our Mind – John Mack

    John Mack is an American artist, photographer, author and founder of Life Calling. A frequent speaker at conferences and universities on the
    subjects of technology, awareness and consciousness, Mack’s examination of these topics recently culminated in A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens, an interactive visual art experience and month-long Forum exploring humanity’s current migration from the natural world to the virtual world. It was live in New York through September 2022.

    In this episode we discuss "A Species Between Worlds" and the moral lessons that it shares. We cover the role of technology tools in our lives, and how it distorts our relationship with nature. We also discuss how
    our psyche is also a tool, which shapes our lived experience. Mack argues that the only way to reshape our relationship with technology is to first reshape the relationship that we have with ourselves, so that we can live fully, uninhabited by the preconceptions of our mind.

    Mack was born in 1976 in New York City. Under Life Calling, Mack recently published Notes to Selfie: Bits of Truth in a Phoney World, a volume of thoughts and aphorisms, and a collection of poetry, A Land Between Worlds: The Shifting Poetry of the Great American Landscape. He was an honoree of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty people changing the world who the world needs to know about. Mack has also served as an adjunct lecturer for the Graduate program at IADE in Lisbon, Portugal.

    For years John has expressed concern over the effects on humanity in the wake of the rapid proliferation of smart-devices. A vanguard in advocating research, activism, and awareness around their unmitigated use, John founded Life Calling, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help us all live fulfilled lives in the Digital Age while retaining our humanity and personal autonomy. It aims to empower humanity through a dynamic series of activations, campaigns, exhibitions and public programming, to help generate a more balanced, nuanced and thoughtful perspective for us all in the Digital Age.

    For more from John: www.life-calling.org
    For more on A Species between Worlds: www.ASpeciesBetweenWorlds.com

    Freedom Matters Host and Producer: Georgie Powell https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com

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

    • 35 min
    Is the Tech-Tool Always Best? – Tanya Goodin

    Is the Tech-Tool Always Best? – Tanya Goodin

    Tanya Goodin is an author, broadcaster, pioneering thinker and campaigner on digital wellbeing and tech ethics - founder of the digital detox movement Time to Log Off and host of the ‘It’s Complicated’ podcast. Her game-changing books on our relationship with technology, ‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’, ‘Off’ and ‘Stop Staring at Screens’, are published in ten languages worldwide.

    In this episode we discuss many of the lessons that she has learnt about the costs of using technology. We discuss:
    - The elephant on the zoom
    - Technoference
    - Tech-life balance
    - And one very important question - is technology always the answer?

    She hasn’t always been a ‘digital canary’. As an award-winning digital entrepreneur and instinctive trend spotter, Tanya spent two decades running one of Britain’s first digital businesses. Her mission now is to make today’s tech issues accessible to users and consumers, so they can consciously manage their digital lives.

    Tanya is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a graduate of the University of Oxford, and currently researching for a Masters in Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics at the University of Cambridge.

    Websites: www.tanyagoodin.com and www.itstimetologoff.com

    Twitter handle @tanyagoodin

    Book link My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open: How to Untangle Our Relationship with Tech

    Podcast: Digital Detox Resources, Research and Retreats | Time To Log Off 

    Freedom Matters Host and Producer: Georgie Powell https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com/

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

    • 28 min
    Tools for Time – Henry Shapiro

    Tools for Time – Henry Shapiro

    Henry Shapiro is co-founder at Reclaim.ai, an intelligent calendar assistant and time management platform used by over 13,000 companies worldwide. In this conversation we talk about some of the practical ways in which time constrains us, and how to manage those constraints.

    We discuss:


     the importance of shifting from a task to a priorities-based approach to managing time
     how good time-management requires facing up to our constraints
     how to manage the balance our own demands with those of others
     the importance of allocating time for good habits
     how AI can help us with time, and where it can go too far

    Prior to founding Reclaim, Henry was VP and GM of Product Management at New Relic, where he led development of observability solutions for tens of thousands of customers.

    Find out more: Reclaim | Smart Scheduling for Busy Teams

    Freedom Matters Host and Producer: Georgie Powell https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com/

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

    • 29 min
    Tools for Thriving – Randy Fernando

    Tools for Thriving – Randy Fernando

    This week, we welcome Randima Fernando. Randy works at the intersection of technology, mindfulness and social impact, helping to find ethical solutions to hard problems. Here's a co-founder of Center for Humane Technology (CHT), a nonprofit whose mission is to align technology with humanity's best interests. The Center for Humane Technology was featured in the Emmy winning film, The Social Dilemma, which has been seen by over a hundred million people globally.

    This episode is the first in our new series on the tools that we use, where we discuss, how technology mediates our lived experiences.

    In this wide ranging conversation, we delve into some of the systemic issues of the technology industry today, which are now shaping the way that we live. We discuss how business incentives, not human interests, govern design, how no tools are created neutral and why we all, users and designers alike, need to understand what thriving means to us so that we can live these values, eyes wide open, in the tools that we create and use.

    Randy was previously the founding Executive Director at Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that has taught mindfulness to millions of kids and over 50,000 educators worldwide. Before that, Randy led many award-winning projects and authored 3 books on 3D graphics over seven years at NVIDIA, where he was also inaugural board member of the NVIDIA Foundation. Randy also serves on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

    CHT offers several helpful resources:

    Their free online course, Foundations of Humane Technology, helps product teams create technology that treats attention and intention as sacred, protects well-being, and builds our collective capacity to address humanity’s most urgent challenges. (https://www.humanetech.com/course) 

    Their podcast, Your Undivided Attention, has over 14 million downloads, and explores the incredible power that technology has over our lives — and how we can use it to catalyze a humane future. (https://www.humanetech.com/podcast)

    Their free Youth Toolkit helps youth ages 13-25, as well as their parents and teachers, navigate—and push to change—a broken social media environment. (https://www.humanetech.com/youth)

    Freedom Matters Host and Producer: Georgie Powell https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com/

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

    • 44 min
    Rituals for Digital Life – an episode swap from Digital Habit Lab

    Rituals for Digital Life – an episode swap from Digital Habit Lab

    This week on Freedom Matters we are taking a break from recording, and sharing with you instead an episode from one of our favourite podcasts, Digital Habit Lab from Mind Over Tech.

    Hosted by Menka Sanghvi, this podcast welcomes guests from different walks of life to observe how we use tech; reflect on how it sometimes uses us; and experiment on ways to make sure it is actually helping us to do what we most value in life.

    In this episode, Menka interviews Tiu de Haan, a ritual designer, creative facilitator, idea doula and ‘serendipiter’. She curates and creates experiences designed to shift your perspective to see the wonder in the world, helping people to birth their creative ideas and design their own unique path filled with moments of meaning.

    They discuss the question: Why is it so hard to be intentional in our digital activity? In exploring this question, Menka and Tiu talk about how easily we get into routines (repeated behaviours) that we may even become addicted to, and how rituals can help shift this. A ritual creates a pause in our routine activity, elevating a moment into something bigger and more meaningful. Tiu describes ritual as a “container for emotion, reflection, transition, and sometimes celebration” - a subject she has talked about in more depth in her TED Talk.


    Find more episodes from the Mind Over Tech podcast, Digital Habit Lab here: https://www.mindovertech.com/digital-habit-lab/podcast/
    Try a Digital Habit Lab experiment: https://www.mindovertech.com/digital-habit-lab/
    Watch Tiu's TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umdZIyriW-U

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    Freedom Matters Host and Producer: Georgie Powell https://www.sentientdigitalconsulting.com/

    Freedom Matters music and audio production: Toccare https://spoti.fi/3bN4eqO

    • 41 min

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