According to data compiled by Americans for the Arts, almost 60,000 Colorado artists and creative workers have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, and creative industry businesses across the state have suffered an estimated $2.4 billion dollars in lost revenue over the last year as a re…

How do you know when you’ve become a geezer? In common with many of my contemporaries, I did my best to avoid that melancholy fate. You’re only as old as you feel, right? Stay thin, fit and healthy, and you’re fine, right? Don’t let your hair fall out, work out every day and go out every night!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed various aspects of how many Coloradans earn a living, ushering in an era of remote working and virtual team meetings. While encouraging a healthier workforce has long been a priority for employers, the pandemic has sparked a renewed focus for many organizations. 

Ours is a time of cascading crises; so many, so numbing and so endless that after a while we just stop paying attention. With that in mind, let’s concentrate on something that’s lighthearted, fun, uplifting and begins with a party!

In a recently published Op-Ed [“Opinion: Canceling, destroying controversial art not OK,” Aug. 27, 2021] in the Colorado Springs Business Journal, the FAC was accused of canceling and destroying art purely due to its content. The Fine Arts Center at Colorado College always welcomes conversat…

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, says the oft-repeated, now truism, coined by Peter Drucker in 2006. Is this good or bad? Good if your culture is supporting your strategy, bad if your culture is defeating your strategy. As we begin our exit from months of isolation due to COVID-19, it’s …

The Bureau of Reclamation’s declaration of a Tier 1 water shortage on the Colorado River earlier this week was long expected but nevertheless epochal. It signals an end to the 99-year run of the Colorado River Compact, as well as ending the era of cheap water and unrestrained urban growth.

In 2020, retail investors began investing in stock markets on their own at record paces. Around the same time, the S&P500 returned 66 percent from March 2020 to July 2021 and some popular retail stocks (known as meme stocks) like GameStop have risen from $10 to $347 at its peak. Money ma…

In 2020, as nonprofits navigated the early months of the pandemic, the philanthropic community recognized the urgency of addressing organizational capacity while simultaneously pivoting programs to meet community need. 

When Colorado College’s Century Chest was opened in 2001, it contained hundreds of letters, photographs and documents placed there by city residents 100 years earlier. Without exception, they believed that the city would grow and thrive during the 20th century. It had done so, growing steadi…

As digitization swept across libraries in the late 20th century, hard-copy newspaper archives slowly disappeared. Bound volumes dating from the 19th century were cut to expedite scanning, digitized and discarded. Believing that physical papers were nothing more than primitive information sto…

The “F.I.R.E.” (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement has gained serious momentum over the last few years as the younger generation targets early retirement. F.I.R.E.’s tenets are very pragmatic: Plan for the future, save and invest a meaningful portion of your current income, caref…

For the past 150 years, Colorado Springs has had the same mantra: Live here and enjoy life! We’ll all be prosperous and happy, so rock on! Here’s to another 150 years of growth and development ... but maybe there’s an unexpected reckoning on the horizon. One ingredient vital to growth in the…

During the 50 years between 1875 and 1925, Colorado Springs citizens created scores of wonderful buildings. And although many remain, dozens have been lost. Fading photographs remind us of the Chief Theater, the Colorado Springs Opera House, Steele School, the first and second Antlers hotels…

As we anticipate our long-awaited sesquicentennial blowout on July 31, what most worries us? Let’s see; the Delta variant of COVID-19 might overcome vaccine protections and launch us into another year’s masked isolation, state and national politics might get even more fractious and bizarre, …

Another academic year has come and gone, and another extraordinary class of UCCS graduates earned their degrees. As these students embark on the next phase of their careers, I write to remind our community of what this new group of professionals will bring to our workforce.