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Jolty: The Futurism Podcast

Jolty
The Futurism Podcast
Faith Popcorn & Adam Hanft

Feeling JOLTY? Who isn’t?

We’re navigating a world of giant jolts, smaller shocks, and daily bumps, bangs and bruises. It’s easy to just react and not elevate. Our podcast will help you lift your perspective above this JOLTY moment and focus on the ultimate direction of our business and personal lives. The future – as unexpected – from two praised and proven futurists – Adam Hanft and Faith Popcorn.

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Episode Notes
Episode 41: How the Human Race is Transcending our Physical Reality with Dr. Alex Box
September 27th, 2022

This week on Jolty, Adam and Faith are joined by Dr. Alex Box, an identity designer and futurist, who has some interesting ideas about human beings turning into entities and moving past their physical bodies. This obviously ties into one of Faith’s favorite subjects, the metaverse.

How will the metaverse change how we look? What will the impact of climate change be on how we look in the physical world? This episode is particularly Jolty and we recommend listening to it at least twice to absorb everything Alex is talking about!

Episode 40: Can American Healthcare Be Saved Or is it Fatally Ill?
September 20th, 2022

This week we have a Jolty healthcare service provider named Sesame, which aims to bring down the costs of doctor and specialist visits by negotiating directly with care providers rather than through insurance. Adam and Faith are joined by Michael Botta Hernandez, who is the Co-founder and President of Sesame.

The sad truth is that over the last few decades, medical care has become a business model, and normal Americans are being subjected to astronomical prices. That’s why we brought Michael on the show to tell you all about how his company is disrupting the space. We definitely recommend checking out the website and comparing prices in your local area! http://sesamecare.com

Episode 39: Gender Equality, Equal Pay, and the Female Quotient with Shelley Zalis
September 13th, 2022

On this week’s Jolty, Adam and Faith are joined by the CEO of the Female Quotient, Shelley Zalis. Shelley works with Fortune 500 companies and impact organizations to advance equality in the workplace.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected gender equality in the workplace? Is there still a gender pay gap in 2022? Why can’t the gender pay be fixed faster? What’s it like to co-parent? These questions, and much more will be answered in today’s conversation!

Episode 38: Exploring the Overstuffed Brain of Jim Mustich - Author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die
September 6th, 2022

Has our society lost the art of reading? Has social media fried our attention span? There is no better person on the planet to take on this subject than Jim Mustich, the legendary book guru who dedicated 14 years to helping us find the books that will change our lives. Don’t miss this far-ranging conversation which covers the therapeutic benefits of reading; the TikTok phenomenon “#BookTok”; the similarities between the metaverse and the novel; and how Jim created a work-out regime for his attention span by reading the entirety of Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past.” (Decide for yourself whether to try this at home!)

Episode 37: The Future of Office Work, Virtual Pets, and Extending Lifespans
August 30th, 2022

This week on Jolty, Adam and Faith are taking a break from all of the guests and just doing a show on predictions they made in their book, The Dictionary of the Future. How has office work life shifted? Is ‘work from home’ here to stay? What about the Metaverse? Someday we might even replace our real world pets with virtual ones! Also, what about extending our lifespans via organ printing and brain regeneration? Adam and Faith have a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of Jolty!

Episode 36: Make Your Move to a Small Town with Mike Rutz
August 23th, 2022

This week Adam and Faith are talking with Mike Rutz, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of MakeMyMove, a company looking to help attract remote workers to rural and small towns across the country. The fact of the matter is, the COVID pandemic required 60 million workers to begin working from home, and many of them still haven’t returned to the office. This has opened up a great opportunity for the more than 20,000 communities across the country to recruit these remote workers to their small towns.

This is where Mike’s company comes in. He’s working with community and political leaders to create welcome packages to attract families with remote positions to small towns across America. Where would you move if you could work from anywhere? Enjoy this week’s conversation.

Episode 35: Make Love Not Porn with Cindy Gallop
August 16th, 2022

In this week’s Jolty podcast episode, Adam and Faith are joined by the “Michael Bay of business” Cindy Gallop who is here to “blow s*** up” when it comes to the patriarchy. Her business gives women and men alike more agency with their sexuality, driving inclusivity and gender-equal relationships.

Cindy is a brand and business innovator, consultant, coach, and keynote speaker who has a fiery attitude and brings radical, innovative, and groundbreaking transformation to businesses and leaders. How is her business affected by big tech and the ad bros? How does she get people to submit content? How has the recent Dobbs decision impacted what she is trying to do? Find out the answers to these questions, and much more, on this week’s episode!

Episode 34: The Evolution and Future of the Metaverse with Cathy Hackl
August 9th, 2022

Adam and Faith are joined by the “godmother” of the metaverse, Cathy Hackl, who is the industry’s leading metaverse and web 3 authority. The topic of conversation today? The metaverse of course!

How close is the metaverse to widespread adoption? What technological improvements are in the pipeline to improve the overall experience? How are brands using the metaverse to make themselves more fun and accessible? What about the pros and cons of bringing accurate historical figures into the metaverse with AI? All of these questions and more will be answered in this week’s episode of Jolty.

Episode 33: Lucrative Investments in Crypto, Real Estate, and More with Matt Murphy
August 2nd, 2022

Matt Murphy is a general partner at Montage Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, but he’s here today to talk to Adam and Faith about the current outlook of the stock market, the state of cryptocurrencies, and other smart investments like real estate, art pieces, and even wine!

The thing about venture capitalists, is that they are actually futurists as well. In order to keep one step ahead on trends in investing, they have to be looking towards the future. Matt was also early on the crypto train, first investing in bitcoin back in 2010, but crypto isn’t the only out of the box asset he invests in personally. Find out what investments you should be keeping your eye on and much more in this week’s episode of Jolty!

Episode 32: Exploring the Metaverse with Amber Baldet
July 26th, 2022

Amber Baldet is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clovyr. Adam and Faith have her on the Jolty podcast today to discuss the current state of cyber data security. Big tech has absolutely taken over the world wide web, they access and control all of our private data, and until recently there were really no other widely available or accessible options.

This is where Clovyr comes in, which has the mission of empowering people to be able to make their own decisions regarding their data, by decentralizing many of the common aspects of the internet including multimedia, chat systems, private social media accounts, etc. How does one go ‘off grid’ in the internet era? Find out in today’s episode of Jolty!

Episode 31: Metaverse Fashion with Marjorie Hernandez
July 22nd, 2022

In this episode of Jolty, Adam and Faith are joined by design and innovation expert, Marjorie Hernandez. Marjorie is an architect and designer by training who has a vision to dematerialize goods through the metaverse, a digital universe where items are created, and authenticated by the block chain.

Imagine owning 10,000 shoes in the metaverse, but only one pair in the physical world. How would that impact the environment for the better? What are the risks of copying digital assets? Do items you buy in the metaverse translate into physical life in any way? Find out the answers to all of this in this episode of Jolty.

Episode 30: Using Virtual Reality to Expand Worlds with Kyle Rand
July 19th, 2022

Adam and Faith are joined today by entrepreneur Kyle Rand, CEO of Rendever. His idea to use virtual reality to expand the boundaries and lives of those who are no longer capable of doing so themselves, is particularly relevant to futurists.

How does Rendever work? Who is the target demographic for a service like this? Is it only for old homes or can this be applied to other parts of society? Get all of these questions, and more, answered in this episode of Jolty.

Episode 29: Exploring the Metaverse with Alex Lambert
July 15th, 2022

Adam and Faith speak to Alex Lambert about the status of the metaverse, how it works and the potential upsides and downsides of the digital universe. Alex has been working in the virtual reality space for the past 9 years, working with many top brands to produce nearly 75 live VR and AR projects.

How realistic is the idea of the metaverse today? Is it ready for prime time, or just another buzzword? What are the inherent risks in the metaverse when it comes to bullying or assault? Could the metaverse be used as a way to extend the lives of those who are no longer physically able and/or knocking on death’s door? Let’s hear what Alex Lambert has to say about these controversial, if not interesting ideas.

Episode 28: Researching America’s Future with Cyrus Beschloss
July 12th, 2022

In this episode of Jolty, Adam and Faith are joined by Cyrus Beschloss, the son of the great historian Michael Beschloss. Cyrus is the founder of The Generation Lab, which is researching the key social, political, economic, and health trends shaping America’s youth today.

What exactly do kids in college today think about the most divisive and political issues of our time? How are they impacting the workforce? What’s the best way to phrase a poll question? Learn about all of this and more in today’s episode.

Episode 27: CyberPsychology with Matt Klein
May 19th, 2022

Adam and Faith welcome Matt Klein, cultural theorist and strategist, to discuss cyberpsychology, trends, and forecasting the future of cultural change.

Episode 26: The Theory Behind Conspiracies with Tim Melley
April 8th, 2022

With our world becoming more hyperpolarized with varying beliefs, Adam and Faith investigate conspiracy theories with Tim Melley to find out what attracts people to conspiracy and the tools to overcoming the theories.

Episode 25: Intellectual Wandering and the Future of Cannabis with Julian Cohen, CIO at Canopy Growth
March 6th, 2022

On this episode our intellectual wanderers Faith Popcorn and Adam Hanft journey into the world of Cannabis with Julian Cohen, Chief Innovation Officer at Canopy Growth. How can our lives be enhanced by cannabinoids in the future? Can cannabis be the mood management jolt needed to uplift spirits? Let’s JOLT!

Episode 21: Post-Pandemic Parenting with Harold Koplewicz
May 24, 2021

Adam, Faith and Maggy welcome back Harold Koplewicz, to discuss post-pandemic parenting, navigating our ‘new normal’, and his new book “The Scaffold Effect”

Episode 20: Forging Ahead in Substance Abuse Treatment -Eric Golnick & Eric Frieman
May 10, 2021

Adam, Faith, and Maggy connect with Eric Golnick and Eric Frieman to discuss “FORGE”- an outpatient approach to substance abuse intervention and mental health support.

Episode 18: Empowering Entrepreneurs and Transforming Communities - Avi Telyas
April 14th, 2021

Adam, Faith and Maggy get inspired with Avi Telyas of Makerhoods (Makerhoods.org), an organization which advocates for urban land use policies that foster self-employment and self-sufficiency through affordable working and living space.

Episode 16: Making "Scents" of Olfactory Science with David Edwards
March 15th, 2021

Maggy, Faith, and Adam meet with Harvard Professor of Bioengineering Dr. David Edwards to discover amazing advances in olfactory science- from research in virus prevention, exercising your sense of smell, and how scent can affect your moods and your health in unexpected ways.

Episode 14: The Brand Valentine that Millennial Hearts are Waiting For
February 13th, 2021

Maggy, Adam, and Faith meet with Millennial marketing trailblazer Nadia Masri.  No better time than Valentine’s Day to address the complexities of brand love and loyalty!

Episode 13: The Gaming of GameStop - Award-Winning Financial Journalist Unpacks the Madness
February 12th, 2021

In this episode, we Jolt with Jim Ledbetter, and discuss money, the market, and why it all matters.

Episode 12: A Plateful of Paradox: The Future of Food
February 1st, 2021

Faith, Maggy, and Adam connect with Editor in Chief of The Spoon, Chris Albrecht, to discuss the pandemic, robot dining, and whether or not restaurants as we knew them are a thing of the past.

Episode 11: This Is Your Brain On Insurrection
January 19th, 2021

Faith, Adam, and Maggy are joined by Dr. Joel Weinberger to discuss the insurrection at the United States Capitol and the psychology behind the chaos.

Episode 10: Super-Aging and the Science of Longevity
January 11th, 2021

Do you want to live forever? Should we focus on the number of years in our life – or the life in our years? Join Faith and Adam to review these questions and more, plus dive into the topic of genetics and super-aging. Guest Raymond McCauley, Founding faculty and chair of Digital Biology at Singularity University, joins the team as they explore new (and not-so new) methods of extending life expectancy.

Episode 9: Cocooning vs Communing
December 15th, 2020

Join Faith and Adam as they connect with Insight Scientist, Technologist, and fellow Futurist – Sarah DaVanzo. This week the group explores self-fulfilling prophecies, universal consciousness and the cocooning chrysalis.

Episode 8: Trip Advisors: The Future of Psychedelic Medicine
November 30th, 2020

There are few things that present a bigger jolt to society than psychedelics so let us be your “Trip Advisors.”

It is no secret that we as a society have been slow to adopt recreational drugs for medicinal use, but this has thankfully not deterred the field of psychedelic research. Researchers have been conducting cutting-edge research that has the potential to significantly alter the field of medicine forever. There is certainly more work to be done, but the current state of research provides optimism for the future of psychedelics. The hurdle for the future of psychedelic medicine seems not to be the science, but the inherently puritanical society that has resisted bringing drugs into the mainstream. Can we ever jump this hurdle? Ride along with the Jolty team as we are joined by psychedelic experts and founders of Fluence, Dr. Elizabeth Nielson and Dr. Ingmar Gorman for a discussion on the current state of psychedelic research and what the future holds for the field.

Episode 7: Biden Wins!
November 9th, 2020

Join Faith and Adam as they close the loop on their election coverage, and review what they think could be next, now that America has finally named our next President Elect.

Episode 6: Election 2020 - What The Heck Is Happening?!
November 5th, 2020

Presidential Election thus far, and try to get to the bottom of “What The Heck Is Happening?!”.

Join us for a JOLTING conversation where we discuss exactly what happened this week, and explore how the 2020 election process will shape our future.

Episode 5: What We'd Like To See
October 27th, 2020

Praised and proven futurists, Adam Hanft and Faith Popcorn invite you to an intimate and JOLTING conversation between two friends.

Join us for a stripped down, thought-provoking conversation where we reflect on a list of “Things We’d Like to See” both now and in the future. No special guests. No planned questions. We are flying by the seat of our pants as we dive right in and explore a series of actions and ideas that will shape the landscape of a post-COVID society.

Episode 4: Connection Crisis
October 12th, 2020

We’re back with Jim McCann, founder and Chairman of 1-800-Flowers, for part two of a conversation that was so rich with insights and provocations that we decided to split it into two episodes. We’re calling Part Two the “Connection Crisis.” As a result of the pandemic, a quiet epidemic of loneliness has spread around the world at a fast rate. Jim joins Faith and Adam to talk about this and why he thinks companies and brands need to pay deeper attention to the problem.

Ep. 3 – Survival Amnesia - How Forgetting the Past Will Win the Future
September 11th, 2020

Faith and Adam sit down with their friend Brad Jakeman, former president of Pepsi Global Beverage, to advocate for the necessity of abandoning the leadership mindsets and structures of the past. Selective amnesia is required in this Jolty world as we must un-learn and adopt radically new practices and behaviors in real time. Brad is also a partner in a disruptive venture company called ReThink Food, and after this episode was taped it was announced that Boston Consulting Group scooped him up as a Senior Advisor.

Ep. 2 – Joltmas - A Jolty, But Not Jolly Ho Ho Ho
August 30th, 2020

Nothing is the same in this Jolty world, but some things are more shocked-to-the-roots than others. This Christmas will no doubt be unlike anything we have ever seen. We won’t be able to gather in the same way. We’ll be carrying our reactions to COVID-19, and the new behaviors we developed, into a season which is all about ritual and nostalgia. It’s a fascinating collision between a past filled with experiences we want to remember, and a present burdened with moments we want to forget. Jim McCann, Founder and Chairman of 1-800-Flowers, joins us as we look through our futurist lenses and imagine what Jolt-mas will be like across many dimensions. Of course, thinking about Christmas is also thinking about how we start 2021 – with what mix of fear, hope, and uncertainty.

Ep. 1 – Where’s My Blankie?
July 3, 2020

In a Jolty world – who doesn’t want their Blankie? Rituals and routines create comfort and structure. Babies and children are possessed by the need for ritual because they confront a world they often can’t grasp or control. They are victims of circumstance and lack agency or autonomy. Sound familiar? The virus has reduced us to emotional children with adult minds. “Where’s my Blankie” is a global psychological cry. Having lost the familiar rituals of home, office and school – the simple pleasure of the coffee shop or an after-work drink – we rush to establish new ones: we’re cooking, we’re gardening, we’re setting up virtual dinners, we’re downloading meditation apps. We’re establishing new practices for family time. We’re even taking this literally and buying weighted blankets for the comfort they bring. There are new rituals for mourning in a time of social distancing. And of course, children are struggling as their daily routines have vanished. In this podcast, hosts Faith Popcorn and Adam Hanft along with guests Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Doug Conant, will explore the business, social and cultural impact of the loss of our established rituals and the creation of new ones. As the world slowly normalizes, which of our new blankie-behaviors will stick, which prior practices will we return to, what even newer rituals will be created? And how will the unconscious consumers’ cry for their blankies create new marketing opportunities and challenges for legacy brands that inspire comfort and for new brands that need to inspire it?