(Almost) Everything We Learned and Captured in 2018.

‘Tis the season for end-of-year recaps, highlight reels, braggy family Holiday letters, and mushy fireside reflections.  So here’s ours:

-We started this year off producing a local Super Bowl commercial in partnership with Rookwood Pottery and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, raising our glasses to the ultimate underdog (and half underwater) story that is Fiona.  We rode that beautiful hippo-hype wave all the way to a list of “Commercials to Watch” from ABC news as the only regional commercial on the list.

-We were the architects and hosts of 84.51’s annual off-site employee resource day and a training day for their Partner level employees. This may or may not have involved purchasing all of the remote control cars at a local HobbyTown USA. We keep learning how storytelling translates into the stories that companies live just as much as the ones they tell.

-We filmed interviews for two Leadercast events in Atlanta, giving us the chance to listen in on leaders from around the world talk about how Listening can change the way we work and lead.

-We found ourselves filming in a shopping plaza in Florida with our friends at Phillips Edison, developers who specialize in grocery-anchored shopping centers. One of the beautiful things about our work is getting to dive into whole other worlds and learn all about the work and contributions of others. Ask us anything about groceries and real estate.

-Our interview-style videos were used to honor award winners at the University of Cincinnati Business Department and the Cincinnati Business Courier Climb awards. We love getting to help people “call out” where people are doing things right.

-We produced over ten different spots for Cincinnati Bell, including this one at Rhinegeist. There’s nothing quite as Cincinnatian as celebrating connection and beer at the same time.

-We had the privilege of researching, writing, filming and screening a long-form documentary for a local family, reminding us how storytelling keeps the past alive into the future.

-Some of our favorite work is helping non-profits tell the good stories they are living and rewriting. We worked with Girls on the Run, an organization supported by Target and Always, to tell the story of how running together can transform entire schools and cities.  We partnered with Crossroads Church to support their Undivided program as well as with Ocean to pull off their annual conference.

-We renovated our office space and had the tremendous “Learning opportunity” of going semi-mobile for the summer.  We squatted in an empty office nearby and tested our welcome at local coffee houses. All the extra effort was worth it though when we moved back in and got to practice some hospitality. This year, we made room for in-house Lunch and Learns, along with Friday night fun with Cin City Improv and Bespoken Live

-We took hundreds of people through our Story Workshop, helping folks use Story to connect to their own lives, the people around the table, and the larger crowds they’re trying to reach.

-Also, just to make sure we don’t make too much of ourselves, someone thought our company was called “Rebel Penguin.” And honestly, it seemed like a pretty good idea.

Thank you to everyone who let us help tell your story. We wake up most days in disbelief that we get to tell such amazing, worthy stories for a living. Of course, we would be nowhere without our partners and clients. Here’s to a great 2019 together!

Rebel Pilgrim 2018 Recap

Joe Boyd
CEO, Rebel Pilgrim