Franklin formed the Junto club in 1727 in order to hold discussions on morals, philosophy, politics, and other similar issues. Franklin aimed to bring together intelligent men with different areas of expertise for these discussions. Members were expected to be well-read and able to bring new ideas and topics of discussion to the meetings.
Ultimately, the goal of the Junto seems to have been the improvement of those in the group, as well as that of society as a whole. The club developed a list of questions to help guide their discussion and build connections between Junto members, as well as with those outside the group. The questions also focused on society and what the members felt it was lacking, as they sought to address these issues and bring about improvement. Proposals that arose from the group included building hospitals and the University of Pennsylvania and creating a volunteer militia, a library, and a fire company.