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What Are The Ben Franklin Circles?

The Ben Franklin Circles are a fun, innovative way to build and strengthen community in an increasingly disconnected and digital world. They are about asking two simple questions:

How can I improve myself?
How can I improve the World?

What Are The 13 Virtues?

Temperance
Silence
Order
Resolution
Frugality
Industry
Sincerity
Justice
Moderation
Cleanliness
Chastity
Tranquility
Humility

How Do I Get Started?

It’s really easy. Our [toolkit] will walk you through the process. Franklin has already offered us a clear framework for the meetings, so all you have to do is assemble your members and use the toolkit to get going.

I want to start one. Whom do I invite?

It’s up to you! Think of people with different experiences and perspectives. Mix ages and areas of expertise. Circles benefit from diversity!

Do I need special expertise to run a Ben Franklin Circle?

It’s up to you! Think of people with different experiences and perspectives. Mix ages and areas of expertise. Circles benefit from diversity!

How big is a Ben Franklin Circle?

Ben Franklin circles can vary in size, but we recommend that circles aim for no more than 12 members, to keep the conversation intimate and flowing.

How often do Ben Franklin Circles meet?

Franklin and his club met once a week, but you set your own schedule. We recommend meeting monthly, but it’s possible to meet more or less frequently. If you met daily, you could cover all 13 virtues in two weeks!

What if I can’t start my own Ben Franklin Circle, but I’d like to join one?

Check out our map for existing Ben Franklin Circles in your area or contact us, and we can let you know if any Circles are forming in your city or town.

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