Character Matters: Episode 1

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We at the Ben Franklin Circles project are very excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, Character Matters.   Each month, a fascinating guest will appear on the show to discuss the role of the virtues in modern life. On this episode, we welcomed Melanie Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute… Read more »

Four Coats: A Circle’s Tale of Unexpected Generosity

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In his book The Art of Virtue, Ben Franklin writes the following:   “We stand at the crossroads, each minute, each hour, each day, making choices. We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel, and the actions we allow ourselves to perform. Each choice is made in… Read more »

Using Conversation as Human Connection

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After an enjoyable evening out with friends or family, I often remark, “we solved all the problems of the world.”   It is meant as high praise: the conversation covered broad topics but reached consensus of a sort, even if it was a little hazy. Whether it’s a dinner party, going out in the evening… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Ty from Asheville, NC

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Name: Tiyo Hallock Hometown: Asheville, NC Sponsoring Organization: Creative Facilitators Date Launched: October 2017   What attracted you to Ben Franklin Circles? I’ve done a lot of work with various facilitation methods. I was attracted to how the structure allows the participants to explore principles first and foremost, and then sets the groundwork for action… Read more »

Frugality: Paying the Price

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About a month ago, I went to my first Ben Franklin Circle. We sit and discuss one of the 13 virtues of Ben Franklin (justice, silence, chastity, etc.) and talk about how we want to apply it in our lives. In our most recent circle, we discussed frugality.   We typically associate frugality with our… Read more »

Circle Spotlight: Arrowyn from Los Angeles

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Name: Arrowyn Ambrose Hometown: Los Angeles Sponsoring Organization(s): Eastside Mindfulness Collective, Center for Council & Story Tribe Date Launched: January 2017   What attracted you to Ben Franklin Circles? I have been running community circles for some time now. After the Inauguration, responding to my desire to be proactive, my friend told me about Ben… Read more »