At first glance, the photo below may appear as no more than another Instagram shot of another hipster coffee bar. “They’re freaking everywhere,” you may think. “What a bore.” However, if you only knew that this picture represents the culmination of a multi-year effort to offer homeless Denver teens a path off the streets–if you only knew that this picture shows why one of those baristas is able to feed her newborn daughter– then you might think differently about this seemingly banal snapshot. Stories give meaning. They provide us with the will to push on and pursue a dream. They cement our allegiances. They cause us to fall in love.
Telling the stories of Denver visionaries– the entrepreneurs, artists, advocates, & trend setters– stands as the sole purpose of The Forum Stories. By connecting varied groups of influencers and introducing them to each others’ stories, we spur on collaboration and creativity.