Columnists

We have a killer squad of wordsmiths and writers, representing a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. You can read their words here, as they offer up their insights on Charlotte’s creativity and community.






Junk Mail Prompts An (Almost) Date with Death

CLT Creatives, Columnists, Editorials | May 28, 2019


I recently got a postcard inviting me to something called a “Peace of Mind Seminar.” Awesome, I thought. Peace of mind is in short supply these days. I’m nervous by nature, and President Trump’s twitchy Twitter finger (and all that entails) have exac… read more »




People of Charlotte: A Few Bytes About The Dottie Rose Foundation

CLT Creatives, CLT Nonprofits, Columnists | May 16, 2019


You know we believe that Charlotte is a creative city. It’s also a generous one. While it doesn’t make the headlines every day, our home is bursting with people drawing from the life experience and giving of their social, financial and creative capit… read more »




People of Charlotte: One Ticket for Queen City Trainspotting, Please!

CLT Creatives, Columnists, Exploring Charlotte | May 1, 2019


People of Charlotte, meet Queen City resident Adam Schultz. Accidental creative. Photographer. Train Love. Dad. Mai-Lis Bahr, creator of People of Charlotte, has the best job in town — talking to the people who are making Charlotte a creative, color… read more »




Take This Job and Shove It – Break Out by Breaking Good

CLT Nonprofits, Columnists, Editorials | April 22, 2019


Oh no! The end of the Breaking Good series! This week we close it out by calling for an infusion of private sector talent into our local nonprofit organizations. It’s a concept that goes against conventional wisdom and yet it’s exactly what we need…. read more »




Fire Up the Family Truckster! Visiting 59 National Parks in 5 Years

CLT Creatives, Columnists, Editorials | March 27, 2019


The interview below with Charlottean Bill Goldstein (AKA Mr. Outdoor) and his family – wife, Alisa, and sons, Luke and Winston, is part of our partnership by the People of Charlotte blog. After visiting Yosemite National Park in 2009, The Goldsteins… read more »




If Your Nonprofit Fails in the Forest, Will Anyone Hear It?

CLT Nonprofits, Columnists, How To/Resources | March 12, 2019


Being “the best kept secret in Charlotte” might sound cool, but it’s rarely a recipe for success. And, that gets us to the question: Should nonprofits be encouraged to spend money on marketing their missions?In this week’s installment of “Breaking Go… read more »




When Volunteerism Turns Toxic

CLT Nonprofits, Columnists, How To/Resources | February 26, 2019


Well, I finally did it. I picked a topic so taboo that I was rejected by several area experts when asked to go on record for this installment of “Breaking Good.” Apparently, I’m pushing boundaries and buttons here, folks. This week, I’m coining the p… read more »




This Story Has a Hook (Actually, a Million of Them)

CLT Creatives, Columnists | February 26, 2019


People of CLT, meet Hook Shot Charlie. After a 30+ year in corporate America, he dropped the tie, picked up a basketball and never looked back.  Some might say it’s madness! How did a hook shot turn into your legacy? I began playing basketball games… read more »




Desperately Seeking Disruption

CLT Nonprofits, Columnists, How To/Resources | February 11, 2019


There are a ton of nonprofit organizations in the Charlotte region. Thousands, in fact. Are there too many? Is that even a thing? We’re unpacking this urban legend and making a passionate case that an increased number of nonprofits is not only a good… read more »




Miss Betty Doesn’t Miss a Beat

CLT Creatives, Columnists | February 11, 2019


People of CLT, meet Miss Betty. Since long before most of the buildings in Uptown were standing, she’s greeted Queens University students, faculty and staff with hot meals, a warm smile and impromptu dance sessions. If you have had the privilege of m… read more »




Breaking Good: Forget “Charity.” Think Like a Business.

CLT Nonprofits, Columnists, How To/Resources | January 28, 2019


Time to break Rule #1 — Nonprofits Should Raise Most of Their Dollars from Donations Click here to see the first installment of “Breaking Good” with Josh Jacobson. When I say “nonprofit,” do you think “charity?” What do these words mean and how do y… read more »