Saturday, August 01, 2020

cc: Socrates Cafe Society Membership Mailing

John S Wren (Organizer) sent a message to the Socrates Cafe Society mailing list
Socrates Cafe

August 1, 2020

Dear Socrates Cafe Society Member,

1.  We've just now (4:05 p.m.) changed the link for Zoom for this afternoon's meeting. We've set it so no password is needed, you will be admitted from the Zoom waiting room that you will enter when you click the link. At least that's what is supposed to happen.

2.  In case you have any problem today, I suggest two things: first, join me at 6:15 p.m. for the "meeting before the Socrates Cafe," informal conversation that very often yields a great topic when we meet face to face; and second, if you have any problem please text me on (720)495-4949, ok?

3.  Our Socrates Cafe Society has been and continues to be sponsored by the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc, which also sponsors other activities believe to achieve the purpose of strengthening the voice of the grassroots, the average person, in business and politics.

4.  If you haven't already you might want to join the SBCC while it's still free. It's fast and free, just "Visit Group" on the SBCC Facebook Page, you are taken there when you click on

5. Another project of the SBCC that has gotten off to a slow start is Wren College of Social Learning, "We teach to learn." The intention is to use the Internet to connect neighbors where we work and where we live by recruiting and training volunteers to start Socrates Cafes. To be invited to an information session fill out the very, very short application on

If you are a member of SBCC please make sure you have posted an introduction of yourself and what you do, and update it whenever there is major news about yourself or any business or other organization that you own or support with your time and money. I'll be posting more about myself and SBCC there soon. "Visit Group" and join us if you haven't already,

If you are starting in a new direction with your work, starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business, or if you want to start up something new, join us any Friday for the SBCC IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. It's free and open to everyone, we just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming.

If you need and want help, never hesitate to call the SBCC Hotline. Right now all calls are being taken by John Wren. Also call if you'd be willing to have the calls call forwarded to you for a few hours each month, also call if you'd like to be on the list of volunteers willing to help those who call us. Call 24/7 (303)861-1447. All calls are returned, but it may take a while. In a medical or other emergency first call 911, of course. Call SBCC Hotline at (303)861-1447

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Be who? Do what next? How may I help?

Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola
July 31, 2020

Dear Friends,

Let's all take a few minutes today to reflect on where we are now, where we have been, where are we going, and what are the next few steps, as far as we can see through the fog.

For me, what I see 5 years or so out is to Recover America with a healthy small group in every neighborhood, every neighborhood where we work, and every neighborhood where we live. 

Right now I'm recruiting students for the Franklin Circle Online that is forming right now, and I'm recruiting faculty who want to form a new Franklin Circle in their neighborhood.

Next step: IDEA Cafe this afternoon and Socrates Cafe at University of Denver, both online for right now (see post below.)

Why? My hope is to play a small part in restoring the vitalism and dynamism to the economy, to Recover America by strengthening grassroots, the voices of the informed and involved common person.

How may I help you? Right now, while it's on your mind, call me. I'd hate for us to miss this chance to work together.

John Wren

Can we hear what you think?

Big Tech-- Monopoly same with bits and bytes as it is with atoms?" Possible topic at Socrates Cafe at the University of Denver? For now online, rsvp for link, HTTP:// A Project of Wren College, the Educational Division of Wren College. COME TEACH WITH US! HTTP://

Friday, July 24, 2020

Zoom. Help!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear friend,

We had trouble with Zoom again tonight. I'm very sorry for anyone who tried to get into our LoDo Socrates Cafe and wasn't able to join us.

I'm going to continue trying to learn Zoom, maybe it was me, I suppose that is possible. But whether tonight was me or not it's clear to me that I must have help.

I'm going to find 1) an expert, probably paid, who I can rely on for computer advice for myself, the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc (if you haven't joined yet, do so while it's still free, just "Visit Group" on our Facebook Page and 2) I'm going to form a data committee for the SBCC.

The US Marine Corps has changed the basic structure of Marine Platoon, it now includes computer/telecommunications expertise, and it seems that's our big lack here with what I've been trying to do here in Denver for the past few years.

Also, I need to find a mortgage broker who can help me finance a single family home, please call me with the name and cell phone number of anyone you know who you'd recommend. Again, sorry for the trouble again tonight with Zoom.

John S. Wren
1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501
Denver, CO 80210

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Socrates Cafe, a fun way for all ages to learn. Come think with us.

Each week I facilitate 3 meetings of Socrates Cafe. For now, we are meeting online. They are free and open to everyone.

I organized and facilitated the first Socrates Cafe here in Denver over 20 years ago and I've been helping start new meetings ever since.

There are 3 Socrates Cafes I go to for my own benefit each week. I'm interested in them because 1) they are fun, and 2) they give me a chance to practice my critical thinking, my listening skills, and my ability to express myself.

Recent research shows Socrates Cafes are a good way for the generations to spend an hour together in a way that includes everyone, more and more nursing homes and rehab facilities are scheduling meetings for clients and encouraging clients to organize a session with family and friends.

If you'd like to know more about Socrates Cafes I suggest you attend one now while they are online. You might also find it helpful to read Chris Phillip's book "Socrates Cafe."

Here are the 3 meetings I'm usually leading right now each week here in Denver that are for now meeting online, click for more information and to rsvp:

Tuesdays, Denver Trinity Church
Fridays, LoDo Denver
Saturdays, University of Denver

Monday, July 20, 2020

Best chart for true perspective of Covid-19 deaths: