Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tomorrow (Fri, Aug 27) attorney William F. Robinson III (in photo to left, with Denver historian Phil Goodstein who we hope will also be with us tomorrow with his new book about South Denver) will share how he started a fraternity, his law practice, and his new Center for Fraternal Advance at the Denver IDEA Cafe, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant here in Denver. Free and open to all. More info and optional RSVP at

Bill was the adult sponsor of a high school leadership fraternity that had a big impact on me when I went to Thomas Jefferson High School here in Denver. He's been very active in fraternities at Princeton and the University of Denver, and he is very active in the Masonic order, what some call the best fraternity in the world, and the Knights of Pythias.

Bill knows more than anyone I know about voluntary mutual aid associations, and he's been a big supporter as we've worked towards getting Franklin Circles started here in Denver over the last 10 years or so. Hope you can join us, and please let your friends know about the meeting who might find it helpful. They will thank you, and so will I if you'll let me know what you've done.

Friday, August 20, 2010

I just posted this on Facebook:

John S Wren: Susan Kildahl is our speaker this afternoon (Fri, Aug 20). Please join us if you're not sure what you are going to do Monday morning as you start in a new direction with your career, a new project or campaign, or a new business. Please share with your Facebook friends, you never know who may have just had a bump or a bright idea. Today's meeting was announced on the front page of the Denver Post business section, today's Denver Business Journal and the Denver Daily News. More info and optional RSVP at

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Don't plan ahead. Make decisions today based on information you have today. If you made the decision with yesterday's information it's not going to be nearly as good. You'll be more successful if from day one get good at making money, not good at spending money. That's why bootstrapping works best. Rework by 37Signals

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The big winner Tuesday here in Colorado was our wonderful neighborhood caucus-assembly system for getting nominated to the primary ballot. Lots of people will be encouraged to get more involved with their local community and to get prepared for the 2012 Colorado Caucuses.

For more watch now and after the elections in November, or call me about the Franklin Circle I'm organizing for serious citizens who really want to make a difference using the caucus-assembly system to get elected to public office or to help other good people get elected. Contact me at (303)861-1447,, or attend the free, open Denver IDEA Cafe any Friday afternoon, for more about it see

Together, Colorado citizens can use the 2012 Colorado Caucuses to break the strangle hold of the ruling class!

Monday, August 09, 2010

I just got this book after reading a very favorable review of it in the Wall Street Journal, and I think we'll be hearing a lot more about it. More here after I've read it.

“Renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus make an incisive case that the American way of higher education, now a 420 billion-per-year business, has lost sight of its primary mission: the education of young adults. Going behind the myths and mantras, they probe the true performance of the Ivy League, the baleful influence of tenure, an unhealthy reliance on part-time teachers and the super-sized bureaucracies which now have a life of their own.

As Hacker and Dreifus call for a through overhaul of a self-indulgent system, they take readers on a road trip from Princeton to Evergreen State to Florida Gulf Coast University, revealing those facilities and institutions that are getting it right and proving that teaching and learning can be achieved—and at a much more reasonable price.”

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