Camping under the stars. Making s’mores around the fire. Sneaking off into the woods with your first crush. For many of us, these memories are synonymous with summer camp. Paul Dreyer and his team at Avid4 Adventures get kids off screens and connecting with nature. On this episode of Good & Grounded, Laura and Jim talk with Paul about how his team handled the things at the onset of the pandemic and what’s to come this summer as they embark on the new normal.
It’s been a year without live music, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Jim and Laura sat down with Brian Kitts of Denver Arts and Venues to find out what the summer will look like at Red Rocks Amphitheater and our other Denver-area venues.
When you are initially worried about a virus being transmitted by touch, how do you keep a library open during a pandemic? Laura and Jim ask our own Denver City Librarian -- Michelle Jeske. She runs the 120-year-old Denver Library system serving more than 4.4 million people across 26 different branches.
Food Insecurity Solutions During A Rocky Moment in Time - An Interview with Several of Colorado’s Leaders
The past year has taken a huge toll on the number of people who are food insecure, but the good news is there is more than one way to tackle the issue and our Denver community has an army of people working on it. Jim and Laura speak with three individuals who are tackling food insecurity in three completely different, but amazingly innovative ways. From SAME Café where patrons are encouraged to “pay as you’re able” (whether than means actually paying, or working for your meal), to We Don’t Waste which takes leftover food from restaurants and catering companies to feed those in need, to a 24-year-old relatively new Denver resident who has taken it upon themself to build a new organization called Denver Community Fridges – the need is there and our Denver community is up for the challenge in this latest episode of Good & Grounded.
The Rose Community Foundation’s influence in our community is undeniable and CEO and President Lindy Lent is spearheading the foundation’s work as they continue to reinvest in our community during a challenging time. Lindy joins Laura Love and Jim Licko and explains how the Rose Community Foundation is supporting nonprofits advancing racial justice, the new Colorado Media Project and how the foundation gave away more than $11 million during COVID-19 -- and isn’t even thinking about slowing down in their effort to support our community.
For more than 50 years, the National Sports Center for the Disabled has had an unwavering commitment to seeing the “able” in everyone. No one knows this better than the 12-time marathoner, Tough Mudder adaptive athlete finisher and sit-ski racer pursuing his Paralympic dream for Team USA – Mike Murphy. Mike is joined by NSCD CEO Kim Easton on this week’s episode of Good and Grounded to talk about their incredible adaptive outdoor experiences from skiing, hiking and horseback riding to rafting, archery, camping and more and how you can get involved as a participant, a volunteer or a donor.
How Companies Win on Culture During the Pandemic - An Interview with Outside Magazine’s 2020 Award Winners
Even the best leaders fail during a crisis. But through those failures, we learn lessons that shape us as humans and as organizations. Jim Licko and Laura Love talk with a few of the Colorado leaders recognized in Outside Magazine’s 2020 Annual Best Places to Work List. Ryan O'Donoghue, CEO of First Descents, Dr. Allen Lim, founder of Skratch Labs and Shauna Cobb, HR Director at New Belgium Brewery share tips and tricks for keeping a strong culture in the midst of a year of unrest.
Colorado does so many things so well, but we’ve got a lot of work to do when it comes to our housing crisis. No one is more aware of this than Ismael Guerrero, President and CEO of Mercy Housing, the nation’s largest affordable housing nonprofit. Housing supply can’t keep up with the influx of people moving to Colorado and even when housing is available, working families can’t afford the rent or mortgage. Where is this housing crisis headed? Jim Licko and Laura Love speak with Ismael to find out.
Beginning in March 2020, the U.S. had the largest, coordinated economic stimulus response since WWII. The result? Low interest rates, an increase in household savings as a result of PPP and stimulus checks and a vibrant stock market. Akasha Absher of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel shares her thoughts with Jim Licko and Laura Love on Good & Grounded on the power of Impact Investing.
Creating a More Equitable Economy in Colorado | Helen Young Hayes, Executive Sponsor of the Inclusive Economy Movement
The Inclusive Economy Movement was born out of the darkest days of the pandemic. On this episode, Jim and Laura talk with Helen Young Hayes, executive sponsor of the IE Movement, about how leaders and CEOs are rethinking the Colorado workforce and are committed to accountability around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.