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

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 twitc… read more »


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

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 gi… read more »



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

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… read more »



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

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 conve… read more »


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

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 visiti… read more »



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

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 m… read more »



When Volunteerism Turns Toxic

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… read more »


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

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 i… read more »



Desperately Seeking Disruption

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… read more »



Miss Betty Doesn’t Miss a Beat

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… read more »