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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 …

Brene and Seth and Good Advice.

I read a lot about leadership and I believe with my whole heart that we all have the capacity to lead. I’m also an advocate for reading. So much so, that we have a tiny little book club going at Brains on Fire and we reward reading books with cold hard cash. We really do. …

Do Good Sh*t on 4/4 with Good Four

Doing good has always been a core tenet of Brains on Fire. There’s never been any doubt in our mind that the brands that matter are those with a higher purpose that goes beyond a transaction. Brands that stand for something and fight against injustice in the world however they can. Brands that treat people …

Social Media Manager (NCTE)

*This is a courtesy job posting on behalf of our client, NCTE. Please apply directly to NCTE as noted below, not through the Brains on Fire website.  ABOUT The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is a proud champion and advocate for English and language arts teachers and learning. We’re reinvigorating the education conversation by …

It’s about people.

If you google Brand Advocacy Program you’ll find this: A brand advocacy program is a structured strategy put in place to build your network of brand advocates in order to enable your company the power to harness this community. Not sure about that long rambling, weirdly worded definition, but at Brains on Fire we do know this one simple …

Internview: Kylee

What is your past history with Brains on Fire? I worked at Brains on Fire during the summer of 2015 as a Community Management Intern, and I loved it! At that time, the Community team consisted of only two people (not including myself), so it’s safe to say that Brains has grown a lot in …

Change is good.

I’m big fan of change and moving. It’s good for the soul. I’ve lived in seven houses in the last 20 years. And every time I move, I clean out a bit more clutter in my life. It’s no secret to the people who know me that I love to keep my life simple and …

Goals are Good

As part of our evolution into a B Corp, we have spent a lot of time over the past year thinking and talking about ways to create a strong, positive internal culture that not only supports doing great work, but also the development of happy, healthy humans. We’ll be sharing more about these new programs and perks in …

Calm is the new busy.

Yesterday, my “guy-friend” sent me an email with a link attached to this book called The Calm Company. Which is being written now. I could have written all these words on that post myself. Seriously, read them. Let’s also just say this: basecamp we are “same tribe”. I love you people. I’ve spent the last half …

Lessons Learned Night Caving

The other day I was looking for something and found a slip of paper with 30 things I wanted to do before I die.  Can’t remember when I decided to craft this list. Most likely on a plane. I tend to get reflective on planes, don’t you? Number 28 made me laugh. No. 28:  Go night …

Farewell Marissa

What is your biggest takeaway from your internship? Understanding the different parts, people, and talents it takes to make quality work for the projects we have. Seeing how people focus on their individual tasks, to how they tie together as a collective impact is a fulfilling process to see. The daily tedious tasks are important, …

A Word on Words

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to.” -Emily Dickinson  As Chief Wordologist at Brains on Fire, it probably comes as no surprise that I like words. But one of the things I like most about words is that they are accessible to everyone. Once you know how to read, every thought, concept, rebellion, …

The Brains on Fire Guide to a Drama-Free Office Holiday Party

Office holiday parties can be full of drama, but have no fear, we at BOF have a quick list to make sure those office Ho Ho Ho’s don’t turn into No No No’s.     Don’t diffuse Frankincense essential oils. Also, don’t diffuse any essential oils.   Don’t declare that there is a ‘war on …

And the Color of the Year Award Goes To…

Well. It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. No, not Christmas. Pantone COLOR OF THE YEAR time! In case you’ve been living under a rock, once a year Pantone emerges from their presumably colorful lair and declares one color to rule them all. This year’s chosen one? Pantone 15-0343, “Greenery.” The award is supposed to …

Nine Profound and Not-So-Profound Things I’ve Learned While on the Road

Seven months ago, I had never traveled for work. Not really, anyways. In a previous life as a journalist, I’d stayed in boutique hotels and tourist towns for travel assignments. But as I’ve learned, working while traveling is an entirely different beast than traveling as work. Since mid-May 2016, I’ve flown over 23,500 miles and …

Friday Fotos | ‘Tis The Season Edition

‘Tis the season 🌲🍪🎅🏽 Today is your big moment. 10:10, @brandautopsy‘s witching hour 🍂🍭🍁🌈🍃 // 📸:@laura_garvin Searching for our next graphic designer! Apply at the link in our profile. // 🎨: @maddsean Street art in Rapid City on one of the many #BrainsOnTheRoad trips this year. // 📸: @genochurch Brainwriting is our favorite way to ideate. …

NOW HIRING: Graphic Designer

Hear ye, hear ye! Brains on Fire is on the hunt for a qualified Graphic Designer to join our team. Our ideal candidate is a creative powerhouse with the ability to keep multiple plates spinning at the same time. Here’s a peek at what you can expect your design days to look like at BOF: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Creatively …