In 1727 Benjamin Franklin formed a “club for mutual improvement” in Philadelphia which he called a Junto. Twelve members met one night a week to discuss and debate important social, philosophical, and business matters. The group lasted for 40 years and eventually evolved into the American Philosophical Society.
We invite you to create or join a Polymath Junto today. The purpose, structure, and member composition of each Junto is up to you. The Polymath Foundation simply brings together 3-5 individuals with polymathic inclinations through our regular “Polymath Conversations”. During these casual calls you are welcome to share your ideas, whether big or small, with your fellow aspiring or established polymaths.
After the call, if you feel a connection with anyone in particular, we encourage you to contact him or her and create your own Junto. Or, since members of existing Juntos may also join these “Polymath Conversations” searching for new members, you may find an existing group that is a good fit for you.
You may use your Junto however you'd like, but here are a few suggestions: as a mastermind group, personal advisory board, accountability group, think tank, customer focus group, support group, reading group, philosophy group, social group, and/or networking group.
Generally groups are composed of 3-8 people that meet biweekly or monthly for about an hour or two. It is healthy to experiment to find out what is most effective for your particular set of members. If you have any questions about the mechanics of forming a new group, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team has ample experience in creating different types of Juntos and will gladly help you with the process.
We kindly ask that all Polymath Juntos check in with us at their inception and then quarterly thereafter. We'd love to offer any support we can, as well as keep track of the results of this initiative.