Well-being: a civic health club … and hot cookies




We’ve lost track of the “get healthy” resolutions we’ve heard so far for 2013: go to the gym, eat better, less stress, more sleep… as usual. But nowhere on the list had we heard “stop stalking Facebook and Twitter so much and start reconnecting with real humans.” That is, until we came across a new organization called Hot cookies of the Revolution. (Naturally, the name immediately hooked us.)

This monthly effort to bring civic-minded citizens of Denver together around cookies, ice cream and soup is the brainchild of Buntport Theater CompanyIt’s Evan Weissman. It’s his attempt to facilitate “an antidote to the loneliness that accompanies Facebook and other online interactions” (a line that is, ironically, posted on the group’s Facebook page). But more than that, he wants the Denverites to improve not their physical or mental health, but their civic health.

How? ‘Or’ What? By creating a space for people to meet, share a snack and exchange ideas on improving our community. Weissman plans to open a store near Denver’s Esquire Theater and invite community members to attend regular gatherings and donate what you can. Normally, he says, important civic issues are discussed in forums such as city council meetings – in other words, Snoozeville for the average citizen. But bringing people together in a relaxed and engaging social setting, he plans to serve milk and cookies from the Santa Fe Cookie Co. and vegan cookies from Stream feeds, as well as ice cream and soup from local vendors – Weissman hopes ideas will flow, collaborations form, and community projects grow. “The idea behind this is to create a place to exercise civic health in our community the same way you would go to the gym for your physical health or to the therapist for your mental health,” Weissman explains. “There are a lot of bands in town that do great things, and no one really knows them unless they’ve researched them.”

Although Weissman has secured the space, he doesn’t expect it to be up and running until the end of 2013. In the meantime, the monthly gatherings will be held at the Buntport Theater, and he hopes to hold meetings at various other venues. neighborhood in the future, like Red line in Curtis Park and the McNichols Civic Center Building. He says he wants to take the concept to individual neighborhoods to create “a program that people can get involved in” before launching the permanent location. Check the Facebook page for updates and more information.

Long live 2013 and Warm Cookies, a more humane way of tackling problems.

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