33 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.

    Are you Futureproofed? – Kevin Roose

    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: https://www.kevinroose.com/bio

    To read his latest articles: https://www.nytimes.com/by/kevin-roose

    To order Futureproof: https://www.kevinroose.com/futureproof

    Host and Producer: Georgie Powell

    Music: Toccare

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

    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: https://www.christinacrook.com/


    And to pre-order Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in a Digital Age: https://www.amazon.ca/Good-Burdens-Live-Joyfully-Digital/dp/1771089784/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=good+burden+christina+crook&qid=1622134583&sr=8-1

    Host and Producer: Georgie Powell

    Music: Toccare

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

    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: www.alexroddie.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/alex_roddie

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alex_roddie/
    Sidetracked: https://www.sidetracked.com/

    More on Jenny:
    Website: http://jennytough.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/terms/unblock/?next=/jennytough/

    Host and Producer: Georgie Powell

    Music: Toccare

    • 21 min
    A World Without Email – Cal Newport

    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: https://www.calnewport.com/

    A World Without Email: https://www.calnewport.com/books/a-world-without-email/

    Host and Producer: Georgie Powell

    Music: Toccare

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

    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 (joannarakoff.com)


    To watch My Salinger Year (in the US): https://www.amazon.com/My-Salinger-Year-Margaret-Qualley/dp/B08XRXS8YB

    Host and Producer: Georgie Powell

    Music: Toccare

    • 24 min
    The Truth about Youth and Technology – Larissa May

    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: https://halfthestoryproject.com/

    Larissa's website: https://www.livinlikelarz.com/welcome

    Host and Producer: Georgie Powell

    Music: Toccare

    Additional Audio Editing: Steven Raets – Sonark Media

    • 23 min

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