People v. State of Illusion—seeing is believing. Or is it?

Sanskrit teachings dating back 5,000 years tell us that life is an illusion. So if all is an illusion. We have the opportunity to perceive  whatever illusion we’re living as either very, very good…or a prison of our own making.

Austin Vickers, a former trial attorney and now documentary filmmaker, is presenting just that case in his film People v  the State of Illusion. Playing this weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul and sponsored by the Continuum Center,this film explores the frontiers of neuroscience, the nature of reality and our infinite capacity to imagine the kind of life we want to live into. “Imagination” Vickers says, “Is one of our few renewable resources.”

As the head of a progressive advertising and marketing agency that specializes in working with clients who create positive change in the world, my team and I get paid for our ability to engage our imaginations. To see beyond lines that have already been drawn. To discover new color and life in images and words. And to uncover powerful ways of engaging hearts and minds. Fortunately for us, when it comes to imagination, there truly is an infinite supply.

Imagination opens doors to different ways of thinking. And new ways of connecting with each other. In our world of instant communication, the internet has become a neuro inner-net, working like the brain to transform thought into action. It’s become a gateway for acts as ordinary as purchasing a package of peanuts—to as extraordinary as bringing  millions together in peaceful protest.

Whether through neuro-wiring or electric, we are all connected. The way we perceive the world is a choice. The illusion is believing all that we think we see.

I think you’ll love this film. So go see for yourself!

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

 

 

 

Bridging the Language of Branding

Standing in front of the extraordinary Women’s Bridge  in Buenos Aires, I was struck by the capacity we in our humanity have to create beauty. To bridge differences. To bridge culture. And language.

The same is true for branding. As the president and creative director of one of the first advertising and marketing agencies  to specialize in working with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) clients in the areas of green marketing, cause marketing, social change advertising and yoga advertising, I know that brands at their core are all about connection.

Like a bridge, branding connects us to how we feel about a company, product or service. Brands are about emotion. Of course every company wants its brand to elicit a positive response. But a brand is just a brand, it has no power to control how people feel. In their most pure state, brands are good friends. They support you. They tell you the truth. And they connect you to incalculable ways to align with your values through the purchasing decisions you make every day.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

 

Navigating the Marketing of Change

While I was sailing off the coast of New Zealand recently, I was also navigating a very different kind of wave. With the help of my team in the U.S., I was finishing a website and brand evolution for Ansin Consulting Group.

My mobile and global, Minneapolis/St. Paul-based advertising and marketing agency, firefly180 marketing, was hired to work with founder and visionary Ken Ansin, a major force behind the success of Cole Haan, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company and other brands—to create a business platform for making positive change.

Evolving a brand is fun. It’s strategic. And it’s incredibly powerful. And leading Ken through my  brand architecture process to get to the core of his messaging strategy, brand personality and brand voice, was a true delight. This fundamental work is much more than words on paper. It is in fact the soul of the brand. This work informed Ken’s new logo, tagline, website, content, positioning and voice.

Ken, president of Ansin Consulting Group, is very much at the forefront of navigating change. As a mission-based LOHASIAN (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) leader, his new brand speaks to a new generation of leaders who are seeking purpose and passion—along with profit.

Was it coincidence or synchronicity that led me to a sailboat while I was completing work on a brand about charting a new course? All I know is that when we follow the wind, we end up exactly where we need to be.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

 

 

 

 

Horses and Brand Whispering

While in Boulder, CO at the LOHAS Forum last week, I became a horse whisperer. I’d like to think so anyway. This is a tall order for someone who has never been near horses. And perhaps taller still when you consider the fact, that I’m a bit afraid of them. They’re big. They have teeth. And I don’t speak their language—or so I thought.

But thanks to an extraordinary visionary, leader and true horse whisperer, Lisa Arie from Vista Caballo, I learned not only a lot about horses, but also about myself. According to Lisa, horses are our mirrors. You can hide nothing from them. They don’t care how successful you are. Or how much money you have. But if you’re afraid, they can feel it. If you lack confidence, they see through to your soul. And conversely, when you approach with love, clarity and purpose, you’ll make a new friend. I did.

As president of a Minneapolis/St Paul based advertising and marketing agency that specializes in LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) marketing, green marketing, wellness advertising, yoga advertising and organic marketing, my team and I develop creative and strategic communications strategies and campaigns for many kinds of progressive businesses and organizations. We build brands that spark change.

Brands, like horses have a life force all their own. If they’re inauthentic, consumers will feel it. If they lie, audiences see through them. And while I don’t really consider myself a horse whisperer, I am a brand whisperer. Brands are also mirrors. They reflect corporate culture and teach us much about ourselves, our values and our aspirations.

It’s true that while you may not be able to use energy and intention to invite a brand to nuzzle against you—you can definitely make friends with it.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.

 

 

Yoga as a Healthy Brand and Healing Modality

 

When Lisa Fecarotta, my client and founder of Veda Yoga Therapy, and I first began to work on the strategic aspects of her brand, I explained that giving birth to a business is very much like bringing a child into the world. It’s all about honoring its soul.

Great brands aren’t manufactured in a factory. Each is unique and has its own path. That’s what make them memorable. Therein lies the magic that brings brands to life. Lisa, a gifted wellness expert and yogini and I welcomed Veda into the world just days ago. And as is fitting for both our brands, we’re celebrating with Tulsi tea and a Yoga Nidra session.

As a leader in wellness marketing, yoga marketing, organic brands and mission-based marketing, clients often say that the branding process they experience with firefly180 reveals not only insights and clarity, but aspects of themselves and their businesses they had never considered. These rays of light become threads we weave into brand architecture—just as carpenters start with the wood frame of a home.

Creative aspects like logos, colors, fonts, images, text, tone…all flow from this fundamental architecture or framework. Strategy is always at the core. Just as our souls are at the core of our humanity.

So join me in a heartfelt namaste for Veda Yoga Therapy. A new brand. A new soul—offering beauty, balance, wellness and lifelong health to the world.

 

Lisa Proctor is the president and creative director of firefly180 marketing—a Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency that specializes in LOHAS marketing, wellness marketing, green marketing and renewable energy marketing.