Some might not realize it yet, but the arts and culture nonprofit KANEKO has fans all over the world. “KANEKO puts Omaha on the map,” said Samuel Bertino, KANEKO’s Individual Gifts & Community Engagement Manager. “It’s a place to come and see new and exciting things that are happening. Whenever we have people come in…Read More
Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To an extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with the term “offshoring.” Outsourcing—contracting with an external entity to complete work that could be done internally—sometimes gets conflated with offshoring, the practice of moving corporate operations to a different country to capitalize on cheaper labor. …Read More
Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place April 17 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…Read More
The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes that are leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, Lex Allen, an up-and-coming non-binary Soul Pop singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, sat down with The Commonwealth to discuss the approach they take to…Read More
In our increasingly digital society, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Despite the ubiquity of social media and texting, nothing beats the thrill of face-to-face interaction, though a nice handwritten letter or a greeting card comes close. Jesse and Ross Harding, two brothers raised in Omaha, experienced such disconnection when they moved away from home. Living…Read More
One of author William Faulkner’s most iconic phrases concerns the lingering influence of yesterday: “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” (Requiem for a Nun, 1937.) Divorced from context, those lines seem alternately romantic, insightful, absurd, comforting and creepy. In context, they speak of the need to set fire to the failures, lies,…Read More
Daake knows something about reinvention. In May, the Omaha-based branding agency acquired local creative mainstays Webster Design, nearly doubling their staff and gaining some powerful minds in the process. The agency also recently upgraded their offices, rehabbing a former cigar bar into a sleek, sunlit, open-plan environment overlooking a golf course. Spend a few minutes…Read More
Before Dinovember, Kansas Citian Refe Tuma says he and his wife, Susan, felt the way lots of parents probably do.
While the couple loved raising their four kids—now ages 7, 5, 3 and 1—it was difficult to find time to pursue projects they were passionate about. In Refe and Susan’s case, creative disciplines like art and music…Read More
Assistant prof. Jeff Inman’s senior magazine capstone at Drake University feels equal parts college-newspaper-the-night-before-press and professional blog newsroom. Perhaps that’s because the veteran of alternative weeklies, including Des Moines’ Cityview, runs this class of over a dozen senior journalism students like a commercial publication. …Read More
Anna Jones’ view of the Des Moines startup community comes from a unique perspective: behind a camera lens.
Jones operates her business, Anna Jones | Art of Photography, from Des Moines full-time, documenting everything from babies to weddings to commercial projects. As of December, she’s also on her way to establishing herself as the photographer of choice for events throughout the startup community.
“This ties in …Read More