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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Eating breakfast at Pete's this morning I read this article:

Preparing kids for life-- Groups working to make sure kids ready for life after they graduate.

This article made it sound like they were accepting comments on a proposal to make changes in public education in Colorado. I'd just told my Optimist Club last week if we didn't start doing something that had a bigger impact with kids, I was quitting. So I felt compelled to attend.

No comments being collected now, that's all over. 6,000 were invited (I wasn't were you?) and about 1,000 showed up to voice their opinion at hearings held around the state.

Now every one was gathered to celebrate what a good job had been done to define what it means to have a good education.

It means that no remedial education has to be done when the graduate shows up for work or college.


Did we really need this study to figure that out?

More about it at

I need the class about how to stay focused on my own work...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Comment about the new Franklin Circle Denver Open meeting Friday:

Barry Wolfman
I was curious walking in, with no expectations. My wife was with me as an observer originally...I'd asked her to come because she's a better judge of character than I am. (And if I chose to return, she'd know what it was about.) We will both be back, and have planned to do it every Friday (except 7/3). Nice dynamic in the room, considering no one had ever met. Mr. Wren did a great job of explaining while participating while involving us and keeping it moving & interesting all at th same time. We are looking forward to making this a regular event, and very curious to see where it goes and how it affects us. Thanks!

You can join us, more info and RSVP at

If you have quesitons about this free group, or about starting or joining a tuition-based Franklin Circle, call me at (303)861-1447.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I sent out this media release yesterday:

June 23, 2009

Contact: John Wren cell

Since 1994, help for people who’ve had a bump or a bright idea.

DENVER--Not sure what you’re going to do Monday morning?

Free help is available each Friday afternoon at the Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop. It meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant in Denver, near the State Capitol. More information and RSVP at or (303)861-1447.

Since 1994, the Denver IDEA Cafe has been helping people who are starting in a new direction with their career by inviting successful people to share their startup experience and then brainstorming to address specific questions or problems.

“We help people find their own path, we don’t give advice,” says John Wren, the founder of the group who still facilitates it most Fridays. Wren’s little book on startup Daring Mighty Things—The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business and links to the Denver IDEA Cafe and other groups he facilitates are on

Wren says the name IDEA Cafe and the brainstorming format is taken from a four-step business creativity model he developed for the seminar “Creative Marketing in a Recession” in the late 70s that was featured in AT&Ts Long-Lines Magazine.

IDEA is an acronym for: I= Inspiration or Identify the Problem; D= Develop Alternatives; E= Evaluate the Alternatives; and A= take Action. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is starting a new career, a new campaign or project, or a new business.

Why does Wren do it? “Speakers are people who I want to hear myself, and then we let others listen in. I tell people it’s a learning group and to not come to just network, but of course it is a networking tool for me,” Wren explained. “Dan Brogan, publisher of 5280 Magazine, says that we’ve infused Denver with a spirit of entrepreneurship over the past decade. I hope that is true, for the sake of my grandkids.”


John S. Wren, MBA+ (303)861-1447 is the founder of the Denver IDEA Café. He is a business consultant and adult educator. He attended Cornell College and the University of Denver (BA ’69, MBA ’79) where he was President of the Graduate Student Association. He has also served as President of Colorado College Republicans, the Denver City Club, the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association, and the Denver South Optimists Club. He just finished a two-year term on the Denver Lions Club board. He now serves on the board of Colorado Democrats for Life. In addition to his business consulting, he facilitates the Denver Socrates Cafe, the Denver Startup Forum, the Franklin Circle Denver Open meeting and Denver Speakers Corner He is the father of 4 grown children, and the grandfather of 4.
"A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." Jack (the Manassa Mauler) Dempsey, born in Manassa, Colorado on this date in 1895. World heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I have a friend who is a business consultant, he says his job is: "Working with business owners to help them make more money in less time, get off the treadmill, and get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place, so they can use their business to help fulfill their lifetime goals."

This is a great statement of what I try to do with the Franklin Circle groups I help start with entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs.

Can you join us this afternoon for the new, free Denver Open group?

If you'd like to know more about how I can help you start or join a Franklin Circle, contact me: (303)861-1447 or

Life's short, start now!