Category: Brains on Fire

Don’t Follow Your Passion

Don’t follow your passion. I believe writing is magic. It helps us think and process the world. The magic is really in the lines between the words. In the pauses. When I was writing our last book, The Passion Conversation, that journey sparked some questions in my own life. Am I really following my passions? …

B Inspired: GladRags

What’s your brand story/founder story? GladRags was founded in 1993 by Brenda Mallory, who was cloth diapering her daughter when she had an aha! moment. She started making GladRags in her spare bedroom and quickly realized she was on to something. We’re still a small business with big ideas: to make washable cloth menstrual pads …

B Inspired: United by Blue

  One of the greatest things about being a B Corp is meeting other companies committed to using their brands for good. In the months ahead, we’ll be introducing you to some of the B Corps who inspire us. Starting with the good folks at United by Blue. What is your brand mission/vision? For every …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Permission to think.

Years ago I used to take my summer vacations at a very quiet resort in Jamacia called the Jamacia Inn. It wasn’t super fancy. But it was magical. There was also no TVs. No internet. No parties. No planned activities. Just a really simple place with a private beach and a few scattered sailboats and …

What makes you GRUMPY?

The other day I read the most brilliant interview question and it got stuck in my heart. Sorry I can’t remember where I read it. What makes you GRUMPY? So, I’ve been asking this question every chance I get. When I meet new people, when I interview someone or just around the office. And I’ve gotten …

Fighting the Fear

As an INFJ, few things are more tormenting to my psyche than the thought of an upcoming public speaking gig. To give you some perspective, if I were on Survivor and given a choice between public speaking and eating a bug…I’d be asking them to pass the sriracha. I suspect I’m not alone in this. When you google “public speaking,” one …

Meet Deb

What brought you to Brains on Fire? How much time do you have…? Brains on Fire has a passion for making human connections and telling stories, and I love that. Learning from and working with a group of such talented, creative, and all around good people is a dream come true. Design is supposed to …

Meet Abby

What brought you to Brains on Fire? A combination of serendipity and a little nudge from a professor at my Alma Mater in the form of a book recommendation: “The Passion Conversation.” Fast forward two years, and I’ve just wrapped up a two-year gig with the Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship in Indianapolis. I was looking for …