Activism

Evan Weissman on why Warm Cookies of the Revolution is good for your civic health

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Westword: How did you choose the three presenters -- out of a hat? Just joking, but that IS diverse!

Evan Weissman: Elections may be important and invoke strong feelings out of people, but we're generally not exposed to big, bold, innovative or visionary ideas during them. Raising or lowering a tax rate by a few percentage points, or cutting funding for one program over another have serious repercussions, but that is entirely different than talking about wholesale system changes. So, we figured since we're not holding an election -- thank the lords -- why not get a diverse range of folks to present their ideal governments and figure out ways not to bore the hell out people that are watching. That's on the one hand; on the other hand, people are less and less interested in shouting matches between people that fundamentally hate each other, so we wanted to stay away from the Jerry Springer version of this program.

Andrew Orvedahl is one of the best stand-up comics in town and we've been collaborating on this whole program, so I said, "You have to do it" and he said, "fine," and then we both giggled for a while and then we cried. But that's neither here nor there. I really have no idea what he's going to present! Thomas Wolf ran for Mayor as a "free" candidate- -- meaning he didn't take money from "special interests," and he is a self-described "international money seller," so most people have strong feelings about guys like that. He's a very thoughtful and concerned fiscal conservative. Senator Morgan Carroll is an elected official and has written on the role of citizens in a democracy, so her perspective is really valuable. We hope this is successful and are planning on replicating it again and again.

Create Denver is co-sponsoring the event and the next one will most likely take place at the McNichols Building. 

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