Entries by Klaus van den Berg

Fourth annual ‘Georgia Gives Day’ on Nov. 12 showcases partnerships

By Guest Columnist KAREN BEAVOR, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Forming strategic partnerships is one of the first lessons any good businessperson must learn.

As leader of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, which is a collaborator by definition, I’ve seen the attitudes and practices that fuel successful partnerships firsthand, especially during our annual fundraising event Georgia Gives Day.

Breaking through the race barrier in corporate America still a challenge

By Guest Columnist WILLIAM T. PARKER, a seasoned executive who has just published a book about his career: “How did you get here? One Black Man’s Journey through White Corporate America.”

How did you get here? It’s a question often asked of people who appear in places and in situations usually assumed to be reserved for the privileged classes.

When I hear the question, I believe it is always aimed at trying to discern how a specific individual got “through the barriers.”

To achieve equity in our cities, start at the neighborhood level

By Guest Columnist SHIRLEY FRANKLIN, executive board chair of Purpose Built Communities and Atlanta’s mayor from 2002 to 2010

Last week, Lesley Grady of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta wrote an insightful piece called “Equity, Inequality and Myth Busting” that highlighted the extreme income inequality between white households and African-American households in Atlanta.

Georgia’s early learning industry – an economic win today with long-term business, social impacts

By Guest Columnist KEVIN GREINER, president and CEO of Gas South and board chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

How important is early learning? Even more than you realize.

Early learning is an industry that generates significant and well-substantiated societal benefits.

Boys’ High legacy lives on through $800,000 gift to Grady High

By Guest Columnist LEON S. EPLAN, 1946 graduate of Boys’ High of Atlanta and former planning commissioner for the City of Atlanta

Boys’ High closed in 1947 after providing more than 7,000 students with an excellent college preparatory education. Since then, the Atlanta Boys’ High School Alumni Association has been making significant contributions to Grady High School – the site of Boys’ High.

Remembering Cabral Franklin: a multi-talented man and special friend

By Guest Columnist GEORGE “CHIPP” NAPPER III, a sales account executive for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and one of Cabral Franklin’s dearest friends

Growing up in Cascade in the early 1980’s was a golden era. We lived in a close and tight-knit community, where everyone was my uncle.

There were families like the Arringtons, the Axams, the Youngs and the Franklins. This close-knit community was also strengthened by the facts that professionally the families worked together.

Affordable Housing Impact Statements could guide policy in Atlanta

By Guest Columnist MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE, CEO and news editor of Atlanta Progressive News

As Atlanta’s City Council considers its next big moves on affordable housing and community development, decision-makers and stakeholders alike have the opportunity to benefit from a bold, cutting-edge policy tool: Affordable Housing Impact Statements.

Much like an environmental impact statement or a fiscal impact statement, an Affordable Housing Impact Statement would specify the estimated impact of certain public policy decisions of the City Council on Atlanta’s affordable housing stock.

When serving its patrons bottled water, Park Tavern misunderstands sustainable practices

By Guest Columnist PATTY DURAND, a former director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club who currently works in the energy field

When I was a teenager I rode horses in the summer. The barn where I rode had a vending machine filled with Coke, Tab, Fanta grape and orange flavors, and Sprite. I remember wishing the vending machine had chilled water but couldn’t imagine a company being able to sell a product that we get free out of our tap.

And now, 30 years later, I find myself on the opposite side of my teenage fantasy of chilled water from a vending machine: I don’t want bottled water to exist anymore. I don’t want it because 80 percent of the bottles aren’t recycled and so end up in the landfill or the ocean.

Georgia can learn lessons from Fukushima disaster

By Guest Columnist DANIEL R. FERREIRA, assistant professor of environmental science Kennesaw State University’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Georgia has two nuclear power plants with another under construction today. Together, the current plants produce about 20 percent of the electricity used in the state.

Whether you are pro- or anti-nuclear power, the truth is that nuclear power matters and all such plants carry with them the inherent risk of a radioactive release.

Atlanta’s music venues come and go – making melodies and memories along the way

By Guest Columnist TONY PARIS, a veteran music critic in Atlanta

There’s a building boom rocking this city not seen since the Reconstruction. Most recently this has manifested itself with the announcements that both the Masquerade on North Avenue and Smith’s Olde Bar have been given their walking papers as the former property has been sold and the latter is up for sale.

The news that the stages of these two large, established venues will go silent when developers have their way has hit those in Atlanta’s music scene particularly hard.

Growing the economy while tackling climate change

By Guest Columnist MARILYN A. BROWN, Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy

Since the Industrial Revolution, the atmosphere has been the world’s principal repository for carbon pollution, providing a free-for-all approach to waste management that has resulted in global climate change with serious consequences for human and environmental health. Responding to the need for action, two major climate milestones occurred this summer.

We must do more to meet housing needs of homeless veterans

By Guest Columnist EDWARD POWERS, executive director of HOPE Atlanta

Joe, a veteran of the recent conflict in the Middle East, has a wife – and together they are the primary support for their grandchild. They were homeless when they came to HOPE Atlanta, seeking help in getting off the streets.

We helped them find stable and affordable housing they needed ,and we also offered financial support until Joe could find a job.

Atlanta is best city in the country to address race issue

By Guest Columnist ARNIE SIDMAN, a former senior vice president of RJR Nabisco and a veteran corporate tax attorney

Over the years, I have become concerned about what I perceive to be an inexorable drift in American society—a malaise which threatens our heritage; our precious legacy.

My 20-year career in corporate America afforded me a special opportunity to observe not only my beloved country but also many other parts of the putative civilized world.

Metro Atlanta Chamber’s identity stronger if it has its own building

By Guest Columnist CHARLES H. VAN RYSSELBERGE, a 40-year Chamber of Commerce professional who served as executive vice president of the Atlanta Chamber from 1988 to 1993

After reading your two articles on the possible sale of the Metro Atlanta Chamber building, I wanted to share a few thoughts and examples of my experience with the role of stand-alone Chamber buildings and their visibility.

For the past 40 years, I have been been a Chamber professional. I left Atlanta to go to Oklahoma City for eight years and then the Charleston, S.C. Chamber for  nine years years until retirement.

Keeping transit on track should be a priority for Atlanta BeltLine

By Guest Columnist RYAN GRAVEL, founder of Sixpitch who wrote the original thesis behind the Atlanta Beltline

The success of the Atlanta Beltline is astonishing, even to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not surprised that it’s working – it’s doing everything we always said it would do.

I’m more surprised that we’re actually building it, and not only on the east side of town. Yet as exciting as it is to see ephemeral ideas finally being cast in trees and concrete, it matters, of course, how it gets done.

Reflections on Rwanda and how son’s marriage cost two cows

By Guest Columnist DAVID MARTIN, executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education

In June, our family traveled to Rwanda to “negotiate” the marriage of our son, Joshua, a Berry College graduate who teaches economics at Roswell High, and Anne Mugisha, who has an undergraduate degree from Shorter University and an MBA from Southern Poly.

Bringing great urban design to Atlanta’s Westside Trail – national competition for new park pavilion

By Guest Columnist MELODY HARCLERODE, 2015 president of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and program coordinator for the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance

The opening of a small patch of land bordering Pryor, Decatur and Lloyd (now Central) Streets and a passenger depot to residents and visitors in 1858 signaled the tumultuous creation of the first public park in the City of Atlanta.

Sorry Cobb – Atlanta’s identity is intertwined with our locomotive – ‘the Texas’

By Guest Columnist SHEFFIELD HALE, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center

In January 2016, even the Atlanta History Center will host its own display of Atlanta in 50 Objects.

But truth be told, if challenged to pick one, we think we could narrow it down to “Atlanta in One Object.” And that one object is the locomotive Texas.

Music education gives students a chance to learn real-world skills

By Guest Columnist DANTES RAMEAU, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project

The reduction, reconfiguration or in some instances, the complete elimination, of music classes in public schools across the country has been commonplace now for years. Generally attributed to budget cuts, it has happened in Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit among many other places.