This webinar covers the basics of Ben Franklin Circles – great for anyone looking to start one or brush up on the who, what, when, where and why! Listen to BFC 101 or read the highlights below. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Ben Franklin Circle?
- Small groups of people coming together to talk about how they can do good…in their lives, in their work, in their relationships and in the world.
- Circles choose one of Franklin’s 13 civic virtues and discuss what that virtue means today.
Where did the idea come from?
- From Franklin! Franklin wrote about his club for mutual improvement – his junto – in his autobiography.
- The Ben Franklin Circles team at 92nd Street Y updated Franklin’s structure for the 21st Century and created all the tools for people to host their own Circles.
Who are in the Circles?
- Circles are for anyone and everyone!
- Find members by personally inviting 5-10 people, posting on social meeting, creating a MeetUp group…or be brave, and drop some invites in your neighbors’ mailboxes and invite them to get together for a conversation.
Where do people host?
- Locations vary! Public libraries will often provide space. Some groups meet in peoples’ homes or in cafes or restaurants.
- You’re looking for a casual space that’s not too loud so you can have an intimate conversations.
How often do Circles meet?
- Some meet monthly, some meet every week, some just meet once to try it out!
- Check out our toolkit and/or join our Host Facebook Group
- Set date, invite your members, set a location and you’re ready to go.
- Let us know when you’ve started so we can add you to our map, social media, host resources list serve and more!
- Circles are an opportunity to pause, reflect and connect with others around big ideas.
- Members are encouraged to leave each Circle conversation with one actionable thing they can do for good.
- Circles are very similar to a salon. The Circle model simply gives you an easy structure/topic to use for your conversations.
- There’s no wrong way to do this!