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Humanitou: Conversations of Humanness + Creativity

Humanitou dives into what it means to be human, creative and authentic. Creator and host Adam Williams guides conversations of humanness and creativity with an inclusive and diverse series of artists, thinkers, leaders and spiritual practitioners. He also shares his own practices, questions and resources for the creative and spiritual life. Humanitou calls on all of us to listen with openness and empathy, and to challenge the truths we hold about ourselves and each other.
Humanitou dives into what it means to be human, creative and authentic. Creator and host Adam Williams guides conversations of humanness and creativity with an inclusive and diverse series of artists, thinkers, leaders and spiritual practitioners. He also shares his own practices, questions and resources for the creative and spiritual life. Humanitou calls on all of us to listen with openness and empathy, and to challenge the truths we hold about ourselves and each other. << Show Less
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121: Lucas Cullen, founder of Struggle Creates Strength, on dark times, pushing outside one's comfort zone ad figuring out one's purpose Lucas Cullen is the founder of Struggle Creates Strength, a mental health advocacy organization based in British Columbia, Canada. He&rsquo;s also a podcaster, a traveler and a former semi-pro hockey player. In this conversation, Lucas and I talk about the power of story, of sharing our stories vulnerably and courageously and even publicly, so that they can help others. He shares his own story of mental health struggles as a teen and young adult coming up in the hyper-masculine culture of competitive ice hockey. We talk about the rocky and sometimes dark road that ultimately led Lucas to launch Struggle Creates Strength. We also talk about joy and life purpose. Among other things. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/lucas-cullen/.
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121: Lucas Cullen, founder of Struggle Creates Strength, on dark times, pushing outside one's comfort zone ad figuring out one's purpose Lucas Cullen is the founder of Struggle Creates Strength, a mental health advocacy organization based in British Columbia, Canada. He&rsquo;s also a podcaster, a traveler and a former semi-pro hockey player. In this conversation, Lucas and I talk about the power of story, of sharing our stories vulnerably and courageously and even publicly, so that they can help others. He shares his own story of mental health struggles as a teen and young adult coming up in the hyper-masculine culture of competitive ice hockey. We talk about the rocky and sometimes dark road that ultimately led Lucas to launch Struggle Creates Strength. We also talk about joy and life purpose. Among other things. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/lucas-cullen/.
Follow on Instagram @humanitou
Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/
About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/
Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
120: James McCrae, poet, meme artist and author of Sh#t Your Ego Says, on ayahuasca, karma and the art of our times James McCrae is a poet, a meme artist, and the author of the book, Sh#t Your Ego Says. Naturally, this conversation dives into James' thoughts on the ego. We also talk about karma, existential crisis and ayahuasca, poetry and meme artistry, which James is convinced is the most potent and powerful art form of our times. In fact, he has a new book coming out through Thought Catalog later this year that just might be the first in the world to combine poetry and meme art in the way that he does.
We talk about that and all the things, the stories that weave along James&rsquo; road from an idyllic childhood in tiny-town Minnesota to getting washed out of New York City on his first attempt to live there, and then seeking refuge on the Puerto Rican island of Culebra. We talk about James&rsquo; &ldquo;dark night of the soul&rdquo; experience while on Culebra, a sort of existential crisis, and how it was pivotal to his spiritual and creative voice, the one he&rsquo;s publicly known for now. Among other things. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/james-mccrae.
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119: Yassine Diboun, Ultramarathon Trail Runner, on addiction & sobriety, DEI & racism, the power of community & forest bathing Yassine Diboun is a professional ultramarathon trail runner, coach and entrepreneur (Wy'east Wolfpack) in Portland, Ore. He's also nearly 17 years sober. In this conversation, we talk about Yassine's story of addiction, which started at a really early age. And we talk about sobriety. Serious topics no doubt. But we have some good laughs along the way too. We also talk about Yassine's transformation from, as he tells it, spiritual bankruptcy to spiritual awakening, and his becoming a pro athlete and a community leader, on the trail and off. Among other things, like diversity in the outdoors and the Japanese concept of shin-rin yoku ("forest bathing"). More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/yassine-diboun-ultrarunner.
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118: A Poet Was There ... Nguyễn Chí Thiện, Vietnamese Dissident In this solo episode, Adam Williams kicks off an occasional series called &ldquo;A Poet Was There.&rdquo; Adam reads his poem, "I Want Poets," which is his kernel of inspiration for the series, praising poets as essential truth tellers, the ones who are most equipped to help us understand the human experience -- our own and others&rsquo; -- more fully. In this episode, Adam tells the what, why and how of "A Poet Was There." He also highlights the story and work of the first poet in the series: Nguyễn Ch&iacute; Thiện, a Vietnamese dissident who spent 27 years in and out of North Vietnamese "reeducation" camps. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
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117: Victoria Stracke, Publisher of 'The Last Hundred Miles: The Diary of Larry Waite' Victoria Stracke is the curator and publisher of "The Last Hundred Miles: The Diary of Larry Waite." And she has remained anonymous in that role. Until now. Larry was a gay man who grew up in the Midwest during the 1950s and 60s. He prolifically documented his life for more than 30 years, with intimate and sometimes brutal, raw honesty. Those diaries ended up in Victoria's hands. In this conversation, we find out how she came to be the keeper of Larry&rsquo;s story, how she ultimately decided to move forward with publishing the diaries on his behalf, and the special relationship she has with him now, posthumously, through his writing and photographs. Victoria describes Larry's life as one of tragic beauty. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/victoria-stracke-the-last-hundred-miles.
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116: Isabelle Gelot, illustrator & designer, on thirsting for life, putting down roots in Maine, launching dreams and what it means to belong Isabelle Gelot, a French illustrator and designer, and the heart of Isatopia, has shifted, at least for the time being, from a world traveling, semi-nomadic flow of life to one of home renovation and growing a vegetable garden, from light-filled cultural capitals to small-town life in Maine. We talk about this new kind of adventure and the phases of life, the gift -- and sometimes burden -- of curiosity, and what it means to belong. It turns out there's no word for "belonging" in French. But that doesn't stop us from trying to figure it out anyway. We also talk about the call Isabelle felt from the city to the ocean. Among other things. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/isabelle-gelot.
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115: Imi Lo, therapist & author, on emotional intensity and overexcitabilities, being "gifted, and loving one's fate Imi Lo is a psychotherapist, art therapist, and consultant for emotionally intense and highly sensitive people. She is the founder of Eggshell Transformations and author of the book Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity. In this conversation, we talk about Imi's turbulent childhood in Hong Kong and the false safety of conformity. We talk about grieving who we're not, and learning about and embracing who we really are. We talk about how highly sensitive people, while often misjudged as weak, actually have extraordinary strengths of perception, vision, leadership and creativity. Among other things. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/imi-lo.
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114: Adam Williams, on breaking conformity & the profound power of mismatching your socks Adam Williams, creator of Humanitou, goes it alone in this episode and shares one of his simplest, most private practices for breaking away from conformity: mismatching his socks. He's been doing it for years, and has been influencing his two sons in doing it, too. Frivolous and weird? Maybe. Shockingly empowering and profound? Could be. Listen to Adam lay out his reasoning and, well, advocate for everyone to mismatch their socks in this solo episode of the Humanitou Podcast. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/breaking-conformity.
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113: Rukmini Poddar, artist & illustrator, on 'Obscure Emotions,' the relationship of spirituality and creativity, and essence seeking Rukmini Poddar is an artist and illustrator who describes herself as an essence seeker. She believes in the value of imperfect work, prizes quantity as a means of getting to quality, and sees art making as an act of revolutionary love. We talk about her growing up in a community of Hare Krishnas, expressing her dharma through art, the relationship of spirituality and creativity, her enthusiasm for #the100dayproject, her Obscure Emotions project and book, and what she&rsquo;s doing with the Enneagram of Personality. Among other things. More at humanitou.com.
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Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams.
Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/rukmini-poddar.
Follow on Instagram @humanitou
Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/
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