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Internview: Farewell Ellen

Interns come and go, but the impact they make on Brains on Fire is something that endures well beyond their time in The Firesphere. We also like to think that the lessons learned (both the good and the nutty) during their internships will serve them well, wherever the post-BOF path may lead. We recently reached out to one …

In the Mood

When we sit down (or stand up, depending on what kind of desk you prefer) to develop a brand identity, it doesn’t happen in a silo. (Not much happens in a solo silo at Brains on Fire, to be honest.) We try to bring as many brains to the table as possible, whenever possible. AEs …

Four Ways to Attract People to your Organization

Like many other people in the world, addiction has affected many people I know and love. So lately I’ve been earnestly attending Al Anon meetings and working the steps. Al Anon is for friends and family of people with the disease of addiction.   One of the interesting traditions of Al-anon (and AA for that …

Free Stock Photo Sites That Don’t Suck 2.0

A few years ago, we wrote a post about Free Stock Photos that Don’t Suck. That post has been one of our most popular over the years. The fact that people are still finding it using search phrases like “where can I find stock photos that aren’t ugly” and “non-sucky stock photos” would seem to suggest …

Change, Possibility and Some Exciting News

This has been an exciting couple of years for Brains on Fire. Full of change and growth and “possibility,” to borrow a word from our friend, Hugh Weber. We opened an office in LA, which has made us think smarter and dream bigger. I’m on my way to LA today, as a matter fact. We …

Becoming a B Corp – The Nuts and Bolts

Ask anyone about their B Corp certification experience and they’re sure to tell you it was an endeavor that required taking a long, hard look at the way they were doing things, and led them on a self-guided journey to new and better ways. What they may not tell you is that certification process is …

Internview // Meet Hayden

What brought you to Brains on Fire? I previously worked with Andrew at TOWN and had heard about some of the work that he was doing here. I was curious so I checked it out on Instagram and thought it looked like a fun place to apply. What’s your favorite font? Belwe Bold and not …

Internview // Meet Ellen

What brought you to Brains on Fire? I am a senior attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. I am majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Advertising. My experience in social media is limited to local places in the small town of St. Augustine, so I needed to venture out to gain more experience. …

16 Tips for Grads Looking for Their Dream Job

Note: I published this post two years ago. It was shared thousands of times so I am hoping it was helpful. I just remembered it and read it again. All this still rings true. If you’ve just graduated, I wish you all the best on your next big adventure! Have fun. The start of things …

Why We Became a B Corp – Our Most Important Story

Over the years, I have probably tried to explain to my children a thousand times what it is I do for work. I have an eight-year-old daughter (Stella) and a five-year-old son (Truman)  They are smart and inquisitive kids, very curious about the world and how things work. But even with their insatiable curiosity, it’s …

Internview: Farewell Kylee

This was your second tour of duty at Brains on Fire. How did this internship differ from the first? Each experience was unique and fulfilling in its own way. I began my second internship with more education, more experience, and a more developed understanding of my professional goals and ambitions. This gave me the chance …

The Playlist Project

In order to help our interns get the most out of their time with us, we challenge them to work on a “pet project” of their choosing during their time at BOF. Our two-time, back-for-another-round, please-never-leave intern Kylee explains her project below:   For my intern project, I chose something a little offbeat. I was …

Some B-ig B Corp News

Today is a BIG day for Brains on Fire.   Today, Monday May 22, we are delighted to announce that Brains on Fire is officially a B Corporation.   Pardon us while we make some serious noise about it! In case you aren’t familiar with this business status, I’ll fill you in. B Corp is …

Can Crazy Impossible Deadlines Change Your Life? Or the World?

The other day I stumbled on this quote from Leonard Bernstein… I’m a huge believer in super tight deadlines. The longer something takes the less likely anything meaningful will happen. It drives others around me crazy at times. But over my years of experience, I’ve seen this truth played out again and again.   Here’s …

We Unplugged for a Weekend + This is What Happened

Around these parts, we like to say that Community Management is a “lifestyle job”.  By that, we mean that while it is inherently modern, creative, and often perceived as glamorous, it roams beyond the confines of a traditional 9 to 5.  Your work never stops. You spend a lot of your time between work and …

8 Lessons Learned at WOMMA Summit

Moe and I recently had the opportunity to attend the WOMMA Summit in NYC (along with Robbin and Geno). It was a whirlwind 48 hours, and we left The Big Apple with some big things to think about. If you weren’t able to make it, never fear. We’ve curated our top WOMMA takeaways for you in …

How to be a Better Writer in One Single Step.

It’s easy. Ready? BUY THIS BOOK. I absolutely LOVE Writing Without Bullshit, Josh Bernoff’s latest book. Seriously I love it. A lot. If you communicate in writing (and that’s most of us), get this book and study it like a how-to manual. One of my favorite nuggets in the book has become a personal mantra. I’ve challenged everyone …

Walking Towards Omelas

Every Monday we have a “family meeting” at Brains on Fire. It’s not a mandatory meeting but everyone attends. During these meetings, our head honcho, Robbin Phillips, leads the discussion from project updates to deep dives into our financials to celebrating personal successes to the occasional tequila shot. (Now you know why everyone attends.) Inspired …

Plato. Profits. Purpose.

The ancient philosopher Plato made significant contributions to humankind. His philosophical fingerprints can still be felt today in how we think about mathematics, science/nature, morals, politics and the arts. Perhaps we should add “brand strategy” to the long list of contributions Plato has made to civilization. To explain “how great companies have great purposes,” the …

The Rules of Social Media Haven’t Changed

I stumbled upon a decade old video of me talking about how businesses can better use social media to connect more meaningfully with people. We’re talking 2007 when Myspace was the place to be online. Twitter was the darling of the SXSWi 2007 conference. Facebook had recently extended beyond .edu addresses. People were digging Digg …