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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!