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A number of trends are converging to heighten sensitivity to the future. Perhaps the most significant trend is a noticeable tendency for people to take back control of the management of their careers. People also want more control over other aspects of their lives and we see signs that consumers are becoming more demanding. As… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Increasing Attention to Trends

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'The Hal Syndrome'

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Editor’s note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state’s fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College. This is the… Continue Reading 'The Hal Syndrome'

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American consumers of health care want the highest quality, state-of-the art medical care available, but the price tag for these services is often staggering. The truth is that consumers are protected from paying the full cost of care by the contractual agreements negotiated between insurers and health care providers (physicians and hospitals) – agreements that… Continue Reading Reject mandatory assignment of benefits that would raise health care costs

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Homelessness affects us all

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Homelessness affects everyone in a community, not just those who find themselves, for one reason or another, without a roof over their heads. Investing resources to combat homelessness is not only the right thing to do from a “moral” sense, but it is also vital in building and maintaining the type of community where business… Continue Reading Homelessness affects us all

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How did we get in this mess

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Editor’s note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state’s fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College. This is the… Continue Reading How did we get in this mess

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Elected public servants serve the public best when they fully disclose what the future will bring if current trends continue and how their proposed policies will affect those trends. Today, Colorado higher education funding (not including increasing tuition) is headed for zero dollars by 2010. We know that a college education is needed to earn… Continue Reading It's time for more transparency in Colorado's public affairs

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TELs of the tape

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Editor’s note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state’s fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College. This is the… Continue Reading TELs of the tape

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Herman Trend Alert: Recruitment Intensified

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Employers are becoming noticeably more active in recruiting. The volume of employment advertising is increasing, including an unusual December growth in “The Wall Street Journal.” Professional recruiters report that the people they’re calling have received other inquiries, as well. Forward-looking employers are already seeking top talent, even during this usually quiet holiday season. This level… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Recruitment Intensified

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Freedom of information and politics

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There are some politicians who, given their druthers, would prefer to limit the public’s access to information. Already, legislative leaders in Denver have introduced several House and Senate bills that would directly impact your ability to get information. For instance, Senate Bill 69 would require that county employees only be identified by title, rather than… Continue Reading Freedom of information and politics

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Nothing to 'mock' about these trials

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a judge at the Southern Colorado Regional Mock Trial Competition. The event was sponsored by the El Paso County Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. Eighteen teams of students from area high schools litigated a criminal case concerning the prosecution… Continue Reading Nothing to 'mock' about these trials

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