Our Next Round of Virtues: from Circle Host Caroline Sayre

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  Circle Host Caroline Sayre and her Seattle-based Circle explore a new set of virtues.    My Seattle Ben Franklin Circle has now traveled through the arc of Franklin’s 13 virtues – from temperance to humility.  Through our Circle conversations, we’ve explored how these virtues intersect with our lives and our society.  We discussed homelessness… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Bethany Skinner from Delano, MN

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Name: Bethany Skinner Hometown: Delano MN Start Date: April 8th 2019   What do you do when you’re not running a Ben Franklin Circle? I am an occupational therapist by training. Right now I am raising my two kids. We have a 4-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy, and one due in February. I volunteer at… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Ojai, CA

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  Join an information session for new and prospective hosts. Offered every 2nd   Friday of the month.  REGISTER HERE            Many thanks to the members of the Ben Franklin Circle in Ojai CA who wrote this profile of their Circle together. When asked what prompted that approach, Host Michele Houghtaling said, “the… Read more »

Collaboration, Fairness & Curiosity

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Circle Host Caroline Sayre shares her reflections on the experience of starting and hosting a BFC.    I found out about the Ben Franklin Circles in the April 8, 2018 issue of the New Yorker. The first paragraph of the article (“Ben Franklin Invented The Chat Room,”) caught my eye: ‘‘The rules that I drew… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Sidnee Grubb from Portland, OR

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Name: Sidnee Lenora Grubb Hometown: Portland, OR Circle Start Date: October 2018   What do you do when you’re not running a Ben Franklin Circle and what prompted you to start one? I work at Microcosm Publishing, an independent adult non-fiction house as Operations Manager. I also do pet sitting on the side and write and… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Ava & Carolina from New York, NY

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  Names: Ava and Carolina Hometown: New York, NY Circle Start Date: January 2019   What do you do when you’re not running a Ben Franklin Circle and what prompted you to start one? We are rising seniors at the Nightingale-Bamford School, an independent K-12 girls school in New York City. Carolina participates in basketball… Read more »