We are life-long learners in Colorado who encourage our neighbors to be adult learners, too. We cooperate with all, especially those who share our mission, to strengthen the grassroots, the voice of the common person in business and politics. We are not affiliated with any institution, organization or association.
A free, open instructional Franklin Circle now meets at 4:30 p.m. each Friday at LoDo Panera, 16th & Market. Open discussion meeting, everyone is welcome to join us, you can rsvp and we will save a seat for you until the start of the meeting. You will get all you need to start a Franklin Circle in your neighborhood. Walk-ins are welcome! More info and rsvp at www.meetup.com/Franklin-Circles
The Franklin Circles starting to form in neighborhoods across Colorado are intended to help draw all neighbors together, especially in preparation for the biannual statewide Colorado Caucus and in the "bury the hatchet" process that we hope will begin to take place after each general election starting in 2018. We do not take positions on candidates or issues, our only purpose is to inform not reform.
Let us know if we can be of service to your neighborhood association, activity, service or business, if you'd like us to help get the word out about what you are doing as we welcome newcomers to our neighborhoods. For more call us at (303)861-144.
Everyone who is interested in what we are doing is welcome to join us here on our meetup site, Republicans, Democrats, members of another political party, and Unaffiliated voters are all welcome here.
We intend to facilitate the start a hyper-local group in every neighborhood in Colorado, with the hope each neighborhood peer learning group will cooperate with other groups in the surrounding neighborhoods, each Colorado county, and the state.
We expect most groups will decide to follow the format of Franklin Circles (Google "How to Start a Franklin Circle"), and all groups are encouraged to sponsor at least one other group, possibly in cooperation with adjoining neighborhoods, meetings such as the Great Books, Socrates Cafe, IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, Alarm Clock Party, or any other open group activity that meets on a regular basis.
A Colorado steering committee is being recruited. Please let us know if there is anyone you would like to nominate.
As groups get started we will launch state-wide programs, they are expected to include:
1. Monthly neighborhood newsletters and distribution, an online annual calendar and membership directory, each year a table at state conventions for major political parties and other state-wide event such as the Colorado State Fair, and a brochure explaining how we help make our neighborhood representatives of the hyper-local Republicans, Democrats, other political parties in our neighborhood stronger, and how we are perhaps most helpful to our neighbors who are Unaffiliated.
2. An off-year mock Colorado Caucus starting in 2017 that will include all registered voters regardless of affiliation as Republican, Democrat, or Unaffiliated as voting members at the precinct, county and state levels to adopt resolutions on important issues coming before our state legislature, in 2017 the topic will be our powerful Colorado Caucus.
3. Raising money to assist other states that want to adopt what we are doing and local Colorado groups that need help.
4. A national public relations campaign to help everyone to understand the value of the major-party caucus system and how it is od benefit to everyone, as described in the book Why Iowa? and elsewhere.
5. A national workshop for individual citizens, lobbyists, associations, and others who want to understand the legislative process at the state level.
If you want our help to start a group in your precinct or county or state, or if you want to nominate yourself or someone else to the Steering committee that is forming, first join us here on this meetup site, attend at least one of our weekly Friday afternoon steering committee meetings, and then call John Wren at (303)861-1447.
Newspaper article about the initial thoughts for starting Caucus Clubs (we first called this effort Caucus Corp), check it out: Caucus Corp, new network of neighborhoods for communications and education being formed.
This is a new project of your Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We cooperate with local chambers, service clubs, and community newspaper to strengthen the grassroots in business and politics through adult education for people who want to start and grow their own business or non-profit organization, or who want to start a new career, campaign, or project.
Contact John Wren, Founder and CEO, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. at 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 89210
Twitter @IDEACafe or Facebook/Small.Business.Chamber (303)861-1447