Category: Good Stuff

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Friday Fotos | BOFLA Is Hiring Edition

BOFLA IS HIRING! Know a plate-spinning project manager // stone cold client facing badass in the LA area? Tag them in this post so they can COME WORK FOR BRAINS! Apply here. “Despite being a creative, I’m not someone who thrives on chaos. I want to manage my days – not the other way around. So …

Intern Halftime

With half her internship behind her, we recently checked in with Marissa to see how things are going in the life of a BOF intern…   WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR INTERNSHIP:   What has surprised you the most? There are so many projects people are working on! It’s fun to see and engage with the activities …

#Productivity

It’s Cyber Monday. The world is hard at work…at work…pretending to work, while secretly trolling Amazon for the best deals. For the first time in a long time, I am not joining them in the thrill of the deal chase. I have more than enough, which is a reality I have recently been forced to confront. …

10 PERFECTLY DESIGNED Conversation Starters for your Thanksgiving Table

Many of us may find ourselves at uncomfortable Thanksgiving tables this year. As designers and communicators, we at Brains on Fire set out to design the PERFECT conversation starters for any turkey gathering. These starters are guaranteed to keep your family talking for hours and away from the most sensitive (ahem, political) topics. Happy Thanksgiving …

How not to live an ordinary life.

I grew up in a small town. So growing up, my world was very small. We never went on vacations because my dad was a workaholic. He was always at work. My mom drove, but not far. Just to the store or downtown or to visit my Grandmother. And she never drove after dark. She …

Friday Fotos | Archetype Edition

The ever-dapper OG, GC. @genochurch “Dang, thems some fancy words.” @rooftoptales gives a quick-and-dirty, super simplified breakdown of basic photography terms on the blog. Have you ever thought about which archetype epitomizes your brand? It’s a fun exercise that leads to a deeper understanding of your passion and purpose. Try it out sometime! Now watch me …

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 …