Get started! Ben Franklin Circle Online Course

We are happy you’re here. This is a connection point and learning opportunity for BFC Hosts for the steps involved in getting up and running.

Please Note * Our July 25th class is currently full. However, we are accepting waitlist registrations and may have a space open up before the first class. We are also looking into providing additional class options in the future. Please fill out the application form below to be added to the waitlist and to be notified of future opportunities.


6 one-hour zoom video sessions, led by long-time BFC Host Kim Crowley, walk participants through the process of starting a Ben Franklin Circle.

This is for people who:

- Have decided to start a Ben Franklin Circle.
- Will organize their Circle as we go.
- Will host a first meeting in the Fall of 2019. The class will set you up to do this. Those with earlier start dates are also welcome!
- Plan to attend all 6 sessions.
- Are open to receiving and giving thoughtful feedback.

Sound like you?
Please take a look at our schedule and complete the form below.

Sessions are every other Thursday from 7:00-8:00 pm EST (6:00 CT, 5:00 MT, 4:00 PT)

Session 1: July 25th
- What is your why? Talking to people and recruiting members

Session 2: August 8th
- Outreach plans and invitations

Session 3: August 22nd
- When and where - location, scheduling, participation

Session 4: September 5th
- Recruitment check in

Session 5: September 19th
- Plan for 1st meeting

Session 6: Nov 7th
- Check in, recap and celebrate!

Questions? Please contact: Danyel Addes,

We look forward to hearing from you!

We are excited to offer course participants a free copy of the book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters – By Priya Parker. She writes: "I believe anyone has the ability to gather well...Gatherings crackle and flourish when real thought goes into them and when the host has the curiosity, willingness and generosity of spirit to try."

First name *
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Last name *
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Phone number *
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e-mail address you would like us to use *
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Location where you will host your Circle- city, state, & zip code. *
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Please tell us a little about yourself. (Whatever you want to share. Random is fine!) *
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Please take a few moments to tell us why you want to host a Ben Franklin Circle.(This helps us with our first session so please tell us what you can). *
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Have you taken any steps toward creating your Circle? (There is no requirement, it just helps us to know where people are in the process).
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When did you start thinking about hosting a circle? *
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If you have already started, have you run into anything challenging or unexpected you'd like to discuss? Or has anything gone really well?
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Other comments or questions?
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