Friday, July 10, 2009

I made this media release yesterday about the Franklin Circles that are being formed now in Denver. The goal is to have 10+ groups going by the end of fall here in the metro-Denver area. If you'd like a copy of the attachment "What is a Franklin Circle" email me at

July 9, 2009

Contact: John Wren (303)861-1447

Adult self-directed learning groups may have been Ben Franklin’s best idea, says John Wren.

DENVER—Young, struggling Ben Franklin formed a group in Philadelphia for “the purpose of mutual improvement” as he put it in his famous Autobiography. In 1996, inspired by Franklin, entrepreneur and long-time community activist John Wren formed the first of what he now calls Franklin Circles here in Denver, and he’s now actively working to spread the concept.

“I’ve conducted startup workshops and done consulting with small businesses for years,” said Wren. “This experience has convinced me there is a real need for this. The intention is to help people start and grow their own business, and to help them become better citizens through active participation in local government and politics.”

Each group is autonomous, and Wren is encouraging others to start similar groups. Those who are interested are invited to attend one of Wren’s free meetings. Help is then available to start or join a free or tuition-based group.

Franklin Circle Denver Open Groups, Thursdays at noon, Perkins, 1995 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver and Fridays, 3:45 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1330 Grant, Denver. Free. More information and RSVP at for more information, contact John Wren at (303)861-1447 or


Attachment: What is a Franklin Circle?

John S. Wren, MBA is the founder of the Denver IDEA Café and Franklin Circles. He is a business consultant and adult educator. He is the father of 4 grown children, and the grandfather of 4.

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