|The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and Starbucks Coffee Company are partnering to present the Coffeehouse Challenge in the Delaware Valley/Central PA region.
The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary is a non-profit organization coordinating the national celebrations in honor of Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday (January 17, 2006) through a series of national programs and events, and an international traveling exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. The Tercentenary’s goal throughout all of its projects and programs is to highlight Franklin’s contemporary relevance, so that all Americans may be inspired by his example. This project aims to recreate Ben Franklin’s special brew of civic generosity, by harnessing the power of collective action to bring lasting benefits to local communities.
Starbucks Coffee aims to make a positive difference in the communities where they operate, and values its role as a community meeting place. In fact, the coffeehouse has long been a place of debate and discussion; many of Franklin’s most valuable and ingenious ideas came out of sociable meetings in his local coffeehouse.
The Delaware Valley/Central PA region encompasses south-eastern Pennsylvania, from State College to the west to Dickson City in the north, and reaches as far as Princeton and Monroe in New Jersey, and Newark in Delaware.
The Ben Franklin Coffeehouse Challenge was inspired by and modeled after the RSA Coffeehouse Challenge, an on-going project with RSA Fellows continuing to meet, network and develop ideas to address pressing issues. For more information about the RSA, visit www.thersa.org.
The Ben Franklin Coffeehouse Challenge is sponsored by CBS3, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com