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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 …

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 …