Confronting Challenges: Group Dynamics

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“Confronting Challenges” will be a recurring blog segment by Victoria Fann, who hosts Ben Franklin Circles in Weaverville and Asheville, NC and has several decades of facilitation experience.    So, you’ve started a Ben Franklin Circle, and you’re excited but maybe you’ve encountered some challenges. Perhaps it’s low or inconsistent attendance, members who share too much… Read more »

Speaking of Virtue

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My little living room is loud with the animated conversation of friends. Dave is talking about his job search with Nancy, who in turn recounts her visit to family in Cincinnati. Others are on the couch or in chairs eating nachos and catching up. Then casserole dishes open and steam from hot food fogs the… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Mabel Tung from Glencoe, IL

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Name: Mabel Tung Hometown: Glencoe, IL Circle Start Date: September, 2017   What do you do when you’re not running a Ben Franklin Circle? I’m a recently retired Bank Executive. I enjoyed my 37 year tenure at Northern Trust, headquartered in downtown Chicago. I played various roles in Technology and later, as a Client Executive…. Read more »

Sustaining Circles: Options for Continuing After 13 Virtues

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Ben Franklin Circles begin as monthly meetings with a discussion of one of Franklin’s 13 virtues.  But groups don’t have to end just because you get to the end of Franklin’s list. What’s next? At this point, you’ve established a monthly practice of meeting, listening to and connecting with others, exploring personal growth and reflection,… Read more »