Benjamin Franklin might well be considered America’s first entrepreneur, and from an early age he was publicly spirited. In 1727 at 21, he established the “Junto,” a group of “like minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hope to improve themselves while they improved their community.” This was his now-famous “self-improvement club,” for which he devised a list of thirteen virtues that he deemed worthy of serious time and effort within the group: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. The Dallas Institute is part of a national initiative launched by the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and Citizen University in Seattle for the purpose of discussing Franklin’s virtues—researched and presented by members of our Ben Franklin Circle.
The Dallas Institute in partnership with the 92nd Street Y
Led by Members of the Circle