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FIRE Sessions 09

Okay, so the plan was to blog live from today’s FIRE Sessions but as luck would have it, the wi-fi at the Peace Center for the performing arts (where the event was held) didn’t exactly want to cooperate. So… all I managed to do was tweet about it via my BlackBerry Storm. (Check out the stream on Twitter using hashtag #fire09)

Does that mean that I gave up on covering FIRE Sessions 2009 on this and the Brains On Fire blog? Heck no! I spent the day taking notes and shooting pictures, so I will be putting together a couple of posts later this evening. Part 1 will publish sometime tonight, and Part 2 will publish tomorrow morning.

So… Sorry about the technical snafu today, which was kind of beyond our control. I will make it up to you in a little bit, I promise. 😉

Before I run out of here, what I can tell you about today though is this: Brains On Fire’s 2009 FIRE Sessions rocked. And I am not just saying that to make nice. Aside from the fact that I really loved the experience – which was unique, fresh, energizing, inspiring  and many other things I will have to get into later – there was something truly special about the conversations and interactions I was a part of today. I can’t tell you what exactly. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Yet. But I will.

Okay, gotta run, but hang tight: I will be back later with Part 1 of the FIRE Sessions 2009 recap/coverage. 😉

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It isn’t every day that I get invited to guest blog for Brains on Fire (yes, the legendary identity company based right here in the 864), so today is a really big treat for me. (I’ve been a fan for a loooooooong time.)

Not only that, but I get to hang out with them all day during this year’s FIRE Sessions, (held today in the beautiful Peace Center for the Performing Arts). How cool is that!

I have absolutely no idea what to expect, but I know this: Made to Stick’s Dan Heath, LEGO’s Jake McKee, and the Lead Fiskateers will be chatting with us and answering questions about what it’s like to lead vibrant, customer-led communities – for starters. Fast Company’s Ellen McGirt will also be there, along with a pretty solid group of folks from all over the country – and of course the crazy-talented Brains on Fire crew. Needless to say, I am stoked. (No FIRE pun intended…) Meh.

My posts today will live and breathe on Brains on Fire’s blog (click here), so feel free to check them out throughout the day. The plan right now is to craft at least a half-dozen snack-sized blog posts during the course of the day (maybe more) to make it easy for you guys to share as much of the experience as possible.

I will also be sharing some soundbites and regular updates via twitter throughout the day. To make things easy to follow, you can track all the activity there via hashtag #fire09.

And yes, I will be shooting some photos as well, so you can see what’s going on. (Don’t say I never did anything for ya.)

Check in around 10am or so for the first couple of updates and we’ll go from there. It’s going to be fun. 😉

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