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OUR ANNUAL RETREAT IN ASPEN, CO OCTOBER 26-29, 2017 WILL OPEN REGISTRATION ON FEBRUARY 15TH 2017. VISIT OUR RETREAT WEBSITE TO SEE HOW INCREDIBLE IT WAS LAST YEAR. OR . . . WATCH THE HIGHLIGHT REEL BELOW!

 
 
 

Support the LEAD WITH LOVE retreat by becoming an HONORARY LOVE NINJA!


 
One of the keys to happiness is to have happy friends. If you have a happy friend, your own happiness increases by 15 percent. If your happy friend has a happy friend, it goes up another 10 percent. And so, the best way to be happy is to increase your relationships with happy people.
— Deepak Chopra, Chief Advisor to Aspen City of Wellbeing
 

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
— John Lennon

MISSION + VISION

MISSION: We lead with love to co-create a ripple effect of wellbeing.

VISION: Aspen is a deeply connected community where the human spirit flourishes!

 

 
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

WHO WE ARE

Aspen City of Wellbeing is comprised of an impassioned Team of service-oriented citizens, an esteemed Board of Luminary Advisors, a philanthropic collective of Founding Partners as well as local organizations and institutions that act as our Strategic Partners. All of these groups share and embody our Core Values.

We are nurturing connections throughout our city to create a safety net of wellbeing for all of our citizens.

 

 

 
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Action expresses priorities.
— Mahatma Ghandi
 

WHAT WE DO

Aspen City of Wellbeing utilizes data from multiple surveys conducted in our community, as well as our own Wellbeing Index to MEASURE how our citizens are thriving according to the pillars of wellbeing. From there, we convene with existing non-profits and other locally serving organizations to analyze the data and PRIORITIZE the gaps in wellbeing. Finally, we deploy the programs in a heartfelt effort to IMPROVE the wellbeing of all who live, work and play in Aspen.

OUTREACH

In addition to our work with existing organizations, Aspen City of Wellbeing is piloting a completely original outreach program to foster more connections in our community. We have created a curriculum to train and certify ambassadors of wellbeing that we call our LOVE NINJAS! This volunteer army of engaged and thoughtful citizens is on the ground to offer support and connection to all they encounter in Aspen. We know that isolation is a leading cause of many of the ails afflicting our community and we aim to heal that divide by encouraging real-life relationships among the people who live, work and play in our city.

 
 
 
 
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It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act.
— The Dalai Lama
 

WHY WE DO IT

 

Aspen is wonderful city, but we have a few problems too. Under the surface of this gorgeous place is some genuine suffering. And we are ready to focus our attention on the kind of city we want to live in. So, we acknowledge our issues and choose to be the change we want to see in Aspen, and throughout the world, actually.

 
 
If not us, who? If not now, when?
— Hillel The Elder

WHY US

 

statement of opportunity

We are Aspen: We are abundant in natural resources, human intellect, collective creativity and global influence. We are a community and we believe together we can improve wellbeing and be a leader and model for other communities to do the same.

We intend to be stewards of The Aspen Idea and continually redefine this concept for future generations so that it is relevant and valuable. The Aspen Idea was coined in the late 1940’ s to express the essence of this beautiful, inspiring landscape and the town that goes with it. Walter Paepcke, an early founder of Aspen stated, "Aspen is a place where the human spirit can flourish."

As a highly educated, affluent, and thoughtful community, it is our duty to strive for the best standard of living possible for our citizens. According to Blue Zones research, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and other experts, 80% of a person’s lifespan and health is determined by lifestyle choices and environmental factors. According to the Danish Twins study, only 20% is genetic. That means our health is in our hands

 
Many communities with high wellbeing are achieving this status by choosing to intentionally cultivate and embrace a clear culture of wellbeing, where high wellbeing options become the easy and natural choice for their citizens. A culture in which leaders in business, government, education, healthcare, faith, and the arts act on the philosophy that fostering and improving wellbeing for their citizens is how we do things around here. In this way, our communities can lead the charge for wellbeing improvement and make a meaningful impact at the national level.
— Gallup