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January 8, 2021

Jolty: The Futurism Podcast

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
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?

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. 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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.