BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: The Never-Ending Workday

In association with Cafe Culture North East

Sage Two

A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.

“Remember that time is money.” Benjamin Franklin

Is digital technology breeding a world of workaholics?

Radio 3 presenter Matthew Sweet and guests look at the history of the workplace from factory floor to hot desk to the gig economy and debate whether the merging of workplace and home creates more stress.

Bosses have always monitored and changed our working day, clocking staff in and out the factory, analyzing productivity through time and motion studies, using remote monitoring, introducing flexible working and ‘logging on later.’

Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist and award-winning author of Marriage Material: A Novel and The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton. Before becoming a writer he (among other things) worked at a burger chain, a hospital laundry, a market research firm, a sewing factory and a literacy project in New York.

Judy Wajcman is a Professor of Society at LSE and the author of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism.

Robert Colvile is a journalist and author of The Great Acceleration – a new book about how technology is speeding up the pace of life.

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