Friday, June 08, 2018

Radical Help | Hilary Cottam | RSA Replay

We'll talk about this video at Faculty Club luncheon, tomorrow (Thur, 6-14) at 11:30 p.m. at Pete's University Park Cafe. More info and rsvp at Join us!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Why start or join a club?

DRAFT 6/6/18
Designed to Un-Polarize

Club is an English civil war neologism. It was a term with strong overtones... which are entirely lost today since we use the term casually for all kinds of societies and associations of like minded individuals for a purpose…'club-men' were those who deliberately suppressed political differences, in order to combine and protect their interests against all comers... 'Clubbing together' in self-defense. Lisa Jardine, "On a Grander Scale: The Outstanding Life of Sir Christopher Wren," 2002 HarperCollins, New York, p 112 

We are working to bring back this type of club, updated for the 21st Century by way of Ben Franklin, Malcolm Knowles and Sugatra Mitra. Will you join us? 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Sir Christopher? Not even James Wren.

I've decided not to renew my subscription with After spending way too much time and money, this is what I now know about my dad's geneology:

Relationship between Joseph Wren & John Thomas Wren

Joseph Wren (1794 - 1854) 
2nd great-grandfather 

John Edgar Wren (1840 - 1910) 
son of Joseph Wren 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Want to make this your startup week?

Do you want to start a new career? A new project or campaign? A new business? This life is short, start now! Here's how I can help you:

Take a short break each morning Monday thru Friday with me as I talk about startup, live at 10 a.m. MDT, 9 Pacific, noon Eastern or any time after via recording, both on my Facebook Page John S Wren MBA+ (click here.) Your Facebook Message to me there will be answered the same day during or after the live broadcast at 10.

Read my little book on startup Daring Mighty Things, the Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business. (click here)

Check out the free face-to-face meetings with me here in metro-Denver through my Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc (click here) and ask me about helping your local chamber start similar free meetings with our help (I'll help for free if you will, or we can split the net proceeds, call me for the details.)

Questions? Call me and leave a complete, confidential message for me, I'm the only one with the code to the voice mail box. Take as much time as you need, be sure you tell me what you are hoping I can do for you. Call now, 24/7, while it is on your mind. I'd hate us to miss this opportunity to work together. Call now (303)861-1447

If you post a message on my Facebook Page or send me a message from there, post a question during my live 10 a.m. broadcast, or leave a telephone message, I'll get back to you within 24 hours.

If you'd prefer to not leave a telephone message and would rather meet together attend on of the free SBCC meetings here in metro-Denver. For more see our SBCC Meetup site 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

John S Wren: This woman deserves our help!

John S Wren: This woman deserves our help!: When Saira Rao decided to run for Congress, she vowed she wouldn’t accept any political action committee donations.  Instead, she deci...

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sick of politics as usual?!

Saira Rao

5-2-18__When Saira Rao decided to run for Congress, she vowed she wouldn’t accept any political action committee donations.

Instead, she decided to raise money the old-fashioned way. She made a list of everyone she’s ever met. Then she added the names of people who knew her parents before she painstakingly contacted each one by phone, email or text. The effort was worth it.

In the first quarter of this year, she raised more money than DeGette. “The remarkable thing was they came,” Rao said. “They gave. They believe in this need for change, this hunger for change.”

The first challenge was getting on the primary ballot. Now, Rao wants to connect with all the voters in Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. The district of nearly 1 million residents, which includes Denver, Glendale, Englewood, Sheridan and Cherry Hills Village, has 120,000 homes. Rao wants to be able to hire enough people to supplement her volunteer base to knock on all those doors.

Rao, who with a college friend launched In This Together Media, publishes books for young adults and children that feature black, brown, LGBTQ, and immigrant kids as central characters. Just as her company serves an audience who has been ignored, Rao wants to serve constituents who haven’t been heard.

“Some people say we need to take back our country, but people of color never thought we had the country, to begin with,” she said. “We need to take our country and make it equitable, socially, racially, economically.”

Rao chose to run for Congress because she thinks that’s where she can make the biggest difference. “I’m disappointed in our current leaders. They aren’t advocating for the disenfranchised. They are too beholden to corporate interests.”

Diana DeGette
Rao squares off against
DeGette on the
June 26 primary ballot. 
DeGette, was elected in 1997, and touts her experience in Congress and membership on powerful committees as reasons why voters should keep her in office. In her April speech to district delegates, DeGette said if Democrats retake the U.S. House, she will become chairwoman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee.

“I just have one thing to say: Imagine me with subpoena power,” she said, pledging to subpoena EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the Denver Post reported.

Although the district is considered safely Democratic, the primary winner faces Casper Stockham, who also challenged DeGette in 2016, in November.

If Rao is able to defeat DeGette, she hopes her campaign shows candidates don’t have to have big money to win. And if she wins, Rao promises she won’t become focused only on raising money for her next race. Her goal is to listen to her constituents first.

Then she'll fight to secure federal housing and transit money and search for better ways than prison to rehabilitate criminals.

Rao said it’s time for American voters to stop electing the same people. Instead, voters should install a new Congress who isn’t beholden to corporate interests. “Voters should defeat anyone who takes PAC money,” she said. For more about Saira click here.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

DU Online Networking.

The University of Denver has launched a new networking platform, Alumnifire, for alumni and students! This tool will allow our nearly 120,000 DU alumni to network with each other 
Alumnifire leverages the networking capabilities of LinkedIn and the robust job bank of Using Alumnifire you can search for connections at your target companies, find jobs and internships, seek career advice, resume reviews, informational interviews, introductions and job shadowing.
To join Alumnifire, please click here: You will be asked to create an account by entering your graduation date (or projected graduation date) and can then elect to sync Alumnifire with your LinkedIn account, or simply enter your email. Join today and get started on expanding your network!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Star in your own reality show!


1st check us out online:

Watch Good Morning Grassroots
each morning Monday thru Thursday
at 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 Pacific.

Fridays Watch the Startup Show, same
time, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 Pacific.

Both live or any time after via recording

Then make this weekend your startup weekend.

If you want, we will help you make your startup
into a reality show with you as the star.

What now? Watch the Startup Show (see above.)
Then join us for the IDEA Cafe here in Denver,
check it out

Questions? Call me on (303)861-1447.
Emergency? First call 911, then my cell (720)495-4949

This life is short, start this weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bob Wilson TJ '65

 Topic for Good Morning Grassroots 3/16 at 10 a.m.

Bob Wilson was our quarterback at Denver Thomas Jefferson High School, his new book was just published:
I'll talk about it tomorrow on Good Morning Grassroots, 10 a.m. MDT, 9 Pacific, live on Facebook/John.S.Wren Join us?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Good Morning Grassroots at 10 am MT, 9 Pacific.

Good Morning Grassroots (click here.) You can listen live then or listen by recording any time after we stop about 10:10. To be on the show call me at (303)861-1447.

As promised just now on Linked In --are you and I Linked In? (click)-- I'll be talking about the meditation for today (Thur, 3/8) on Pray as You Go (click) and the coincidence of finding this book again this morning, haven't read it in years. See photo to right here on this page, or see it on Twitter (click.)

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Calling All Colorado Citizen Journalists:

Will You Tweet From Our March 6 Caucus With These 3 Hashtags:

#COCaucus, #(My County’s Twitter Address), #(COGOP or CODems plus Precinct Number.) 

If so, post comment on, then share this with your friends!

We will talk about "grassroots" Saturday:
Socrates Cafe @ University of Denver
Join us!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Join us here to watch game?

How are you enjoying this #SuperBowlSunday?  Are you cheering #GoPats  in the #SuperBowl  or are you rooting for the #Eagles ?  Kickoff time for #SB52  is 6:30 p.m. MST Where are you watching? Join us here, pizza at half-time. John Wren

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Small Business Chamber Now on Google Maps.

How are you enjoying this #SuperBowlSunday?  Are you cheering #GoPats  in the #SuperBowl  or are you rooting for the #Eagles ?  Kickoff time for #SB52  is 4:30 MST p.m.  where are you watching the game? Join us, we’re going to order pizza for whoever is here for kick-off. We’re right by RTD University Station, and parking on east side of building. Join us? John Wren 720-495-4949

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Question: what caused the December 2011 spike of interest in the Internet (blue line)?

Interest in Internet, Apple, Google via Google Search

Monday, January 15, 2018

What if we took Martin Luther King's words seriously today?


I just asked this question here on Facebook and I'd be very interested in your answer: what if we took some of the words of Martin Luther King seriously today? What would we do?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pro-life Rally, Women's March, and What Divides Us.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My last post here, one post back, was about my big idea with the Colorado Caucus. It produced no comments. There were readers, or at least visitors to the page. But no comments. Maybe everyone was just bowled over, awe struck with the brilliance of my simple idea.

Monday, January 08, 2018

The Colorado Caucus: a proposal to save it from John Wren.

I've posted thing of interest and made comments here on for a long time.
As always you are welcome to use it as "content" if you are desperate enough to do so.
Attribution to is not required but appreciated. Questions? Call me (720)495-4949

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Thinking career rather than startup.

It was not until the 1960s that the startup fad began.

Startup has never been written about as much as careers.
And the more talk about startup the fewer startups.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Startup Show at noon today!

Join us via link right here at noon for the Startup Show.
Link will be posted right here just before noon.

If there is a technical problem and it's not possible to post a link:

Check our
Twitter @IDEACafe

Or see the Small Business Chamber site

Join us this evening or tomorrow or next Tuesday for
Socrates Cafe see

Today on the startup show: self-directed learning as a tool for
doing well while doing good. To be a guest on the Startup Show
call me to schedule a date and time for my interview with you.
Call over the weekend or Monday (720)495-4949

Probate Courts

I'm forming a community of practice to dialogue about the probate process. Two brothers I know well have been drawn into a ridiculous legal battle that has  resulted in each of them paying lawyers some $250,000 I'm told. My brother Randy dying without a will has resulted in a similar situation that has the potential of the same sort of thing, a concern that is not at all frivolous or trivial. Others have shared their probate court nightmares with me.

I'm calling the University of Denver law school and a couple of academic departments to find students who might be interested. I will bring this up as a topic at our Socrates Cafe at the University of Denver tomorrow (Saturday, 1-6) which is free and open to everyone, you reading this now would be welcome to join us. For the last couple of years we've been meeting in Anderson Academic Commons (was Penrose Library), more info about it and other metro-Denver Socrates Cafes at  

Pot and politics.

What do you think? Is pot ok? My views here later.

I'll be suggesting a related topic at Socrates Cafe in LoDo this evening: how do we individually and as a society make decisions regarding what's healthy and what is not healthy. Have health concerns and fitness centers become our religion? If so, what is the accepted dogma?

Usually a good discussion, 6 p.m. at Panera Bread LoDo, more at about this evening (Fri, 1-5) and our other metro-Denver Socrates Cafes. Join us!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New! Free! Better Online Franklin Circle.

A new Better Online Franklin Circle (click here) is now forming. Join Better, the new app, by clicking to the left, if you like it join (it's free) and check out our new Better Online Franklin Circle and consider co-leading or joining!

Want free help? See my new offer on Linked In Profile (click here).

The SBCC (Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc click here) Join us! We offer real help from real people to business owners, entrepreneurs,  consultants, accountants, and lawyers who want to find their first or  next great customer.

The SBCC Method is comprised of  7 Practices: Recover, Imagine, Think, Learn; to Start, Grow, and Flourish. 

Contact me if you want to start a new hyper-local SBCC branch office in your neighborhood to help your neighbors start new careers, new projects or campaigns, and new businesses.

The first step towards opening a new branch office is for you to take an hour or so and read my little book Daring Mighty Things, available to down load right now on Amazon (click here.)

Then attend a free meeting in Denver, and if you like it we will give you free help to start a SBCC group in cooperation with your local community newspaper, local bank, association and service club or other group offering a free monthly IDEA Cafe (Imagine); free Socrates Cafe (Think); and Franklin Circles (Learn.) 

More info and optional rsvp (walk-ins welcome) at (click here) 

If you have questions call me right now while it's on your mind. Leave a complete confidential message, I'll have a volunteer get back to you ASAP. Call now, I'd hate for us to miss this opportunity to work together.  (720)495-4949