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The Art of Humanity

The Art of Humanity with Jessica Ann is a weekly podcast that explores creativity and consciousness with artists, leaders, authors, and entrepreneurs. This podcast explores the deeper truths of society, with poignant insights that integrate spiritual principals into a new paradigm of content marketing. Guests include best-selling authors like James Altucher, internet pioneers like Jeff Pulver, leading marketers like Bryan Kramer and other incredible thinkers and innovators in the world today. Listen for visionary insights to evolve your business. #listenexploreevolve
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Jun 22, 2016

In Episode 20, Jessica Ann talks with fashion photographer and podcast host Michael Donovan. 

Michael Donovan’s images navigate an exploration into consumer culture, advertising and the emotions separating art and fashion photography. According to HungerTV: 

“Combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the controlled with the chaotic, Donovan´s photography attempts to destabilise the highly polished images expected of today´s consumer culture through the use of the psychedelic, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, Pop Art, cinema, fetishism and historical nuance.”

{Warning: Explicit language!}

In this interview, Michael and Jessica Ann discuss: 

  1. His background as a photographer and the paradox of being an artist. 
  2. How advertising is the old way of being propaganda and "product is perfect" is dead. It still works because not everyone has woken up. This old world still works but we're moving away from it. So there's this exciting new corridor.
  3. The irrelevance of having a title: "I'm more than a photographer. I'm a spiritual being who happens to be plopped out of this body." 
  4. Ram Dass's exploration as to why we’re here on earth, using TV channels as metaphors to get to the root of our existence and to understand the different planes of consciousness. Available to listen to here
  5. How to balance the duality between the lower Channels 1, 2, and 3 and 4, 5, 6. 
  6. Do we still need to have titles and "personas" when we live in an enlightened society? 
  7. Most people want freedom, happiness, and peace. And most people want to give others freedom, happiness, and peace. 
  8. If we don't recognize that each of us are consciousness, what's the point? Everything is pointing us towards togetherness. 
  9. Technology is another animal like we're another animal. 
  10. The importance of leaders talking about intuition and the need to create a shortcut//access point to make people understand the relationship between brands, businesses, and channel 6. 
Jun 15, 2016

Welcome to Episode 19 of The Art of Humanity, where we explore creativity + consciousness to allow you and your business to evolve. In Episode 19, Jessica Ann talks with Ted Rubin.

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Many people in the social media world know Ted for his enthusiastic, energetic and undeniably personal connection to people. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter, according to Social Media Marketing Magazine; one of the most interesting CMOs on Twitter, according to Say Media, #13 on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, and number #2 on the Leadtail list of Top 25 People Most Mentioned by digital marketers. ROR is the basis of his philosophy...it's all about relationships! His book, Return on Relationship, was released in 2013, and How to Look People in the Eye Digitally in 2015. 

In this interview, Jessica Ann and Ted Rubin talk about: 

  1. His background with Seth Godin, starting back in 1997 (He sent Seth Godin a resume!) And the critical error that he made at the beginning of his career. 
  2. His work with E.L.F. cosmetics in 2008 at the early stage of social and how he built a brand using ingenuity without a marketing budget.
  3. (6:00) I speak my mind. I say what I think. I tell people that they have to get back to something that is near and dear to your heart: their humanity. It's about building relationships and being good to people. It's about how connecting with people in a real way will benefit your business. 
  4. (9:15) I got to listen and learn from Seth Godin. A lot of what I got from Return on Relationship came from Seth's Permission Marketing...about bypassing the agencies whenever you can and talking directly to the people you want to do business with.  Agencies provide a great function but Seth's point was: instead
  5. (10:45) A network gives you reach but communities give you power...Networks allow you to connect with various people but communities care. 
  6. (11:33) This evolution to me has been like a God-send. Not only am I a community builder but now I have all of these platforms to build communities that enable and empower me. But I also love to interact and meet with people. I'm obsessed with interacting with people. If you're going to make responsive part of your personal brand, be prepared for when your following grows and you have to be responsive for what you care about. And for me, the beauty or the difficulty of it is not something I built into my brand...it's a part of who I am. 
  7. (13:00) His definition of community in today's digital age. 
  8. (17:46) It's not about the platform it's about the people. 
  9. (22:00) This is how you separate yourself, and that you do care about humanity. When you pass people in the street, smile at them! A brand is what a business or a person does...a reputation is what people remember and share. 
  10. It's less of a problem than an opportunity. If you're with someone, put the phone down and look at someone. This isn't so much about humanity (although that has a lot to do with it). It's about showing people how important they are to you. 
  11. (26:30) He tells a true story that not a lot of people know. 
  12. You will feel better if you treat people better. You will feel better if you default to happy. You will feel better if you stop before you go off on someone. Take a breath and smile :) 
  13. (32:18) I'm not a big persona guy. And what I've learned is that it's very hard to maintain a persona. In other words, if I didn't really believe in what I do, it would be hard to keep it up. It would be hard to fight the naysayers. 
  14. (33:30) The hilarious study that was done on Millennials about the reason that the consumption of cereal is going down is because Millennials are too lazy to clean the dishes from eating cereal. Here is the study in The Washington Post.

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Jun 8, 2016

In Episode 18, Jessica Ann talks with a former criminal defense lawyer, psychotherapist, author Jeff Brown. The interview starts off talking about his background, then goes into spirituality, the media, the "New Cage" movement, and the importance of clearing our emotional material. 

Jun 1, 2016

Jessica Ann took some time away to release her new book, Humanize Your Brand: How to Create Content that Connects with Your Customers, published to rave reviews in February 2016. It's available on Amazon as a paperback and ebook, and an audiobook version will be released soon. 

Thanks for your patience as the show took a bit of a break.

In the Art of Humanity, we explore creativity + consciousness to allow you and your business to evolve.

In Episode 17, Jessica Ann talks with one of the world's greatest thinkers: media theorist and futurist Douglass Rushkoff.

Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media VirusLife Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club.

His latest book is called Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, available for pre-order on Amazon.

He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.

The interview starts off talking about his background, then goes into technology, humanity, and maybe a little bit about...Donald Trump.

 

Jul 22, 2015

Welcome to another episode of the Art of Humanity, where we explore creativity + consciousness to allow you and your business to evolve. In Episode 16, Jessica chats with photographer and author Geoff Livingston. 

Jessica and Geoff discuss: 

    • How and why he evolved into a photographer 
    • How we can use technology to transform 
    • Why the medium is still the message
    • The Instagram vs. Flickr battle 
    • Why he refuses to tell his story 
    • The xPotomac event in Washington, DC on August 27th

 

Jul 15, 2015

Bryan Kramer is one of the world’s foremost leaders in the art and science of sharing, and has been credited with instigating the #H2H business movement in marketing and social. With over 300K social fans and followers, and an intimate understanding of the intricacies and interworking of both social technologies and social behaviors, Bryan is both a practitioner and authority on the subject.Bryan is also a renowned global speaker, consultant and trainer.

 

In this episode, Jessica Ann and Brian discuss:

  • How Brian reinvented himself after 10 years of running a successful Silicon Valley marketing firm to get where he is today
  • How social technologies are sparking the shift in human evolution
  • Why emotional intelligence is increasingly valuable as our society progresses with robotic technology
  • How we can better learn to blend digital technologies into our physical world - and the challenges that happen when we incorporate digital into the human experience. How can we rise above these challenges?
  • How SMB's can produce experiences around their content 
  • The books that Bryan's reading 
Jul 8, 2015

From a young age, Tina Bock has always found an importance of connecting the physical body with the mental body. As her mother always likes to say, "she was doing back flips in the womb before she was born". Tina was first introduced to yoga as a teen, by her father in a headstand on the living room floor. While studying Music Industry at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Tina found yoga as a compliment to her dancing. After studying and practicing daily with some of New Jersey's most recognized yoga teachers, she soon became completely dedicated to the practice and lifestyle of yoga. 

In this episode, international yoga instructor Tina Bock and Jessica Ann discuss: 

 

  • New Jersey (yes it deserves its own bullet point)
  • What it's like to teach yoga in Abu Dhabi 
  • Teacher training in India 
  • How her yoga practice continues to evolve

 

 

Jul 1, 2015

Welcome to another episode of the Art of Humanity, where we explore creativity + consciousness to allow you and your business to evolve. In Episode 13, Jessica Ann talks with Ira Haberman.

Ira is the Director of Storytelling at Brainrider Grateful Dead listener, Toronto Blue Jay Watcher, dad, and host of The Ira Haberman Experience.

In this episode, Ira and Jessica Ann discuss:

  • What makes for a great story?
  • How do you tell a great story?
  • Where should you be telling your story?
  • How do you define success?

If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on the iTunes store! 

Jun 24, 2015

In Episode 12, Jessica Ann talks with Molly McCord. 

Molly is an author and a practicing intuitive astrologer who has connected with clients in over 20 countries. She hosts a popular weekly radio show which has attracted over 70,000 downloads in the first year.

Molly has a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy as a formal channel for understanding Global Consciousness with a Jungian perspective. She is TESOL certified and volunteers her time teaching English to college-level international students.

Molly is currently an Ambassador for Women for Women International, a non-profit organization which provides education and and business training for marginalized women in developing countries.

She is the Founder and Director of Spirituality University.com, an online destination for Mastery Courses and consciousness-raising resources.

In this episode, Molly and Jessica Ann discuss: 

  • What "consciousness" really means 
  • How to make conscious choices
  • How dreams allow you to better trust your intuition 
  • Why joy and bliss are signs of an expanding consciousness 
  • How grounding and self-care can make you more powerful 
  • The lifecycle states of consciousness 
  • Why today - in this current state of humanity - we are urgently feeling the need to go back in time, to relearn ancient wisdom

If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on the iTunes store! 

Jun 17, 2015

In Episode 11, Jessica Ann talks with James Altucher.

 

James is the former president and founder of Stockpickr LLC, which was one of the first sites to combine social networking with stock investment ideas.

He is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, and best-seller writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies. His writing has appeared in major outlets including the Wall Street JournalTech Crunch, and Positively Positive.

He runs two podcasts "The James Altucher Show" and "Ask Altucher" in which he answers questions from listeners. His blog, The Altucher Confidential, has attracted 15+ million readers since its launch. He is the author of 14 books, including two WSJ best-sellers: Choose Yourself and The Power of No.

In this episode, Jessica Ann and James discuss:

  • How he achieves freedom
  • Why he stopped writing to please others
  • How curiosity prevents "having an opinion" 
  • The importance of writing 10 ideas a day
  • How he mentally keeps young 
  • Meditation and the current books he's reading

Don't forget to leave a review in the iTunes store if you like what you hear! 

 

Jun 17, 2015

In Episode 11, Jessica Ann talks with James Altucher.

 

James is the former president and founder of Stockpickr LLC, which was one of the first sites to combine social networking with stock investment ideas.

He is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, and best-seller writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies. His writing has appeared in major outlets including the Wall Street JournalTech Crunch, and Positively Positive.

He runs two podcasts "The James Altucher Show" and "Ask Altucher" in which he answers questions from listeners. His blog, The Altucher Confidential, has attracted 15+ million readers since its launch. He is the author of 14 books, including two WSJ best-sellers: Choose Yourself and The Power of No.

In this episode, Jessica Ann and James discuss:

  • How he achieves freedom
  • Why he stopped writing to please others
  • How curiosity prevents "having an opinion" 
  • The importance of writing 10 ideas a day
  • How he mentally keeps young 
  • Meditation and the current books he's reading

 

Jun 10, 2015

In this episode, Tony and Jessica Ann discuss:

  • Why context around Instagram is crucial 
  • Whether selfies will go out of style 
  • How to develop loyalty among your audience
  • Whether the new live-streaming apps take away from the solitude that is felt on the more quieter platforms (like Instagram)

 

Jun 3, 2015

In Episode 8, Jessica Ann talks with Annie Q. Syed. 

Annie has been telling stories since she was eight years old. She attained her B.A. from the University of Kansas in English Literature and International Studies and her Master's in Secondary English Education from City College in New York where she was a NYC Department of Education teacher. She then went on to receive her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in New York and thereafter completed a clerk-ship for a judge. She remains an activist in projects involving human rights in the United States, Africa and Asia. She is working on finishing a novel and other short stories.

She calls New York City home although she lives a bicoastal, transcontinental life practicing yoga as often as possible.

In this episode, Jessica and Annie discuss:

  • How words help us make sense of the world 
  • What it means to be a "writer" today
  • The meaning behind the word "community" 
  • Why "being a writer" today is mutually exclusive from "being in a community"
  • The story and meaning behind her book, Collection of Auguries 
  • Why some of the biggest moments of our growth aren't shareable on social media 

 

May 27, 2015

In Episode 8, I talk with Mark Schaefer.

Mark is a globally-recognized author, speaker, educator, and business consultant who blogs at {grow} – one of the top marketing blogs of the world.

Mark teaches graduate marketing classes at Rutgers University and has written four best-selling books including The Tao of Twitter (the best-selling book on Twitter in the world) and Return On Influencewhich was named one of the top business titles of the year by the American Library Association. And his most recent book is called Content Code Shock.

Mark’s clients include Dell, Adidas, and the US Air Force. He has been a keynote speaker at prestigious events all over the world including SXSW, Marketing Summit Tokyo, and the Institute for International and European Affairs.

Mark's latest book is called The Content Code (I got an advanced copy of this book before this interview).

In this episode, Mark and I discuss: 

  • How "getting his heart beat out of him" made him a more balanced person - and gave him the courage to be more human
  • How Mark's core values help to create unique content 
  • Why "love" is an important part of content creation 
  • How he stays grounded amid the "social media celebrity" scene 
  • Why "how we deal with suffering" defines us as humans 
  • The future of publishing + podcasting 
  • Our favorite band, The National 

 

May 20, 2015

In Episode 7 of The Art of Humanity, I talk with sound healer Asa Idoni. 

Asa is a composer and sound healer, a certified hypnotherapist, and practitioner of neurolinguistic programing. 

In this interview, Asa and I discuss: 

  • How he incorporates music into his therapeutic practice so that evolution and change can occur more easily.
  • How he lets the muse work through him by having an open schedule
  • Why "integral theory" catalyzes the evolutionary process
  • How we can see the deeper interconnectivity between all forms of insight
May 13, 2015

In this interview, Miss Metaverse and I get super nerdy as we discuss:

 

  • How her blog (and Pinterest!) helped create her future
  • How spirituality will converge with artificial intelligence
  • How wearable tech can help us meditate 
  • Sex, love, and...robots (yep, robots)
  • Why scientists will soon prove that we live in a holographic Universe
May 6, 2015

The Art of Humanity is a weekly 30-minute podcast that explores creativity and consciousness with artists, leaders, authors, and entrepreneurs.

Welcome to Episode 5 of the Art of Humanity. I'm so excited to bring you this next guest... 

Episode 5: Concert cellist Gjilberta Lucaj 

In this interview, Gjilberta and I discuss: 

  • The private "aha!" moments that happen during practice 
  • The best advice she can give to other artists who are pursuing a professional career in music
  • How being an only child motivates success
  • Her path with "making it" in NYC, the melting pot of art
  • The "secret language" of music and live performances

If you're enjoying this podcast, please subscribe on iTunes and leave a review!  

Apr 28, 2015

Episode 4: Relationship coach Mark Groves (@createthelove on instagram)

Mark Groves is a relationship coach and writer who shares inspiration on love, honesty, trust, sex and magic. 

In this interview, Mark and I discuss:

  • What prompted him to start writing about love 
  • How he lives in alignment with his intuition and his heart
  • Societal constructs around love and relationships 
  • The paradox of love and freedom 
  • How to build a relationship that feels free 
  • Why being true to love means existing within the integrity of what you know
  • How men can be expressive and assertive in how they feel without it affecting their masculinity 
Apr 22, 2015

Shannon Hernandez is Dave Grohl’s shorter twin. He has a passion for being on the radio and educating the everyday man/woman to do what he does. During our conversation we discuss: 

  • What it's like to live the dream he's had since a little boy
  • How to get used to the sound of your own voice
  • The music that inspires him 
  • Books and philosophy
  • How he rewired his mind to lose a ton of weight

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Apr 17, 2015

I'm already breaking the rules in this second episode. I'm supposed to stick to the "30 minute" format (blah blah blah) but I already got bored with that idea. I have 30 minute episodes planned with guests for future shows but for now, it's just you, me, and Dupree.

I figure that you want to know a little bit about me...since I am your host. So, in this episode, I share a story about me and a stranger. I may or may not say the word "erectus." You'll have to listen to find out. 

And then...I describe what this podcast series is about...humanity and the awakening of human consciousness. Consciousness helps us to awaken and expand to our human desires. It makes you open to the totality of receiving. And all that good stuff.

My hope is that my guests inspire you to Awaken, to find balance, and to seek consciousness and creativity in the face of change.

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Apr 13, 2015

Jeff Pulver discusses: 

  • His early influences in life, and why he wanted to connect the world together
  • How radio gave him the chance to connect and engage with people from all walks of life
  • The paradox of vulnerability and strength
  • How music and lyrics guide his life
  • How to allow yourself to connect to your flow and have the confidence to "just Be."
  • The spiritual moments that happen by being outdoors in Nature.

 

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