The Ben Franklin Circles reflects a shared commitment to fostering civic participation, open dialogue, and ethics-based leadership. Now, almost 300 years later, the Ben Franklin Circles are revisiting and redefining these virtues—as tools to enrich our own lives and our communities today. BFC is a collaborative project of 92nd Street Y (92Y), the Hoover Institution, and Citizen University.
The 13 Virtues: temperance / silence / order / resolution / frugality / industry / sincerity / justice / moderation / cleanliness / tranquility / chastity / humility.
Founding father, master inventor: Benjamin Franklin was also a pioneer of self-improvement. In 1727 Franklin formed the Junto, a weekly mutual-improvement club made up of individuals with an array of interests and skills.