We recommend that people interested in Ben Franklin Circles consult applicable CDC guidance, as well as any state
and local authorities’ pronouncements, on in-person gatherings before proceeding with any in-person BFC gathering.
For information on starting an online Ben Franklin Circle, please consult our Digital Guidance for Virtual Circles.
You have the passion and the purpose. All you need now is the people and the
protocol. Browse our Toolkit and check out the six steps below for starting a Ben
Franklin Circle dedicated to personal and social change.
In 1727 Franklin formed the Junto, a weekly mutual-improvement club made up of individuals with an array of interests and skills. Founding father, master inventor: Benjamin Franklin was also a pioneer of self-improvement.
We recommend meeting once a month for a couple of hours. Choose a quiet, comfortable, inviting location.
Tell them why you’re starting a Ben Franklin Club. Send them a list of Franklin’s 13 virtues. Direct them to this site so they can learn more.
Choose your club facilitator – it can be you or someone else. For facilitator criteria check out our tips for structuring your first meeting.Download the Toolkit
Pick your first virtue and send it to your members in advance. How does this virtue apply to their lives and the world?
Set the tone for a relaxing atmosphere. Let people know that what they say is confidential. Have food, have wine, have fun.