Circle Spotlight: Liz Joyner from Tallahassee, FL

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Name: Liz Joyner Hometown: Tallahassee, FL Circle Start Date: January, 2018   What do you do when you’re not running a Ben Franklin Circle? I’m the Founder & CEO of an organization called The Village Square.  We’re devoted to building community across the partisan divide in hometowns.  We’ve been in Tallahassee for over a dozen… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Shadequa Hampton from Brooklyn, NY

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Name: Shadequa Hampton Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Location Of Your Circles: Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY Sponsor Organization: Blue Star Families – Strengthening America’s military families through communities. Circle Start Date: December 2018   The Ben Franklin Circle sponsored by Blue Star Families is open to all veterans, caregivers, community members, and neighbors interested in supporting military… Read more »

Confronting Challenges Part 3: Tackling Host Burnout

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“Confronting Challenges” is a recurring blog segment by Victoria Fann, a Ben Franklin Circle host in North Carolina with several decades of facilitation experience.    Burnout can happen to anyone, even when we are doing something that previously inspired and excited us. It can creep up unexpectedly. The first clue is a feeling of dread or… Read more »

Remembering Sincerity

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Ben Franklin defined the virtue of sincerity as, “Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.” Sincerity is a virtue we don’t hear much about these days. We’re more likely to hear about strategy. But with strategic communication being lobbed at us from all directions, sincerity has a definite… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Joyce Fay Camron from Corrales, NM

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Name: Joyce Fay Camron Hometown: Corrales, NM Circle Start Date: August 2018   My initial reaction was to think that I couldn’t do it – that I wouldn’t know how. I needn’t have worried. I’ve been delighted with how well and how easily it has been working…Our Circle is exactly what I’d hoped it would… Read more »