We believe that there are right ways and wrong ways to do things in life. The right ways are efficient ways to achieve results and the wrong ways are inefficient ways to achieve results. The best way, the best practice, is the most efficient way to achieve results.
While looking for inspiration from the many titans of history, we stumbled upon the works of none other than Benjamin Franklin himself. After returning from his journey to London, Franklin made the decision that he was going to change his life for the better. True to his name, he did a couple of interesting things in order to accomplish this task. First, he wrote down a list of 13 virtues that he would attempt to live by. He worked on one and only one of them each week knowing that he couldn’t possibly manage to work on them all at once. Despite many shortcomings by his own admission, he believed the attempt made him a better person and contributed greatly to his success. Second, he created the Junto, a mutual improvement club and discussion group of “like minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community.” The purpose of the group was to debate questions of morals, politics, and natural philosophy (considered to be the precursor of natural sciences such as physics) and to exchange knowledge of business affairs. Franklin founded the Library Company of Philadelphia as an offshoot of the Junto, a subscription library which later became the first public library in the United States and possibly the world. Junto members donated many of their own books to the library including books on politics, philosophy, and business which was a rarity for the time. Franklin, with the help of the Junto, professionalized the Night Watch which lead to the creation of Philadelphia’s first police force, he urged the creation of a local fire brigade, and founded the city’s first hospital and the predecessor of the University of Pennsylvania.
We meet every week to discuss ways of bettering ourselves and those around us just like Benjamin Franklin’s original. Our purpose, our reason for being, is to share the best practices that offer the most value to the most people. To learn more about us, find us on twitter. If you like our stuff, make sure to follow us!