Led by Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, the team at San Francisco-based 501c3 Let it Ripple has had four films premiere at Sundance, has won over 70 awards, and has had three of their films selected by The U.S. State Department to screen at embassies around the world to foster dialogue across borders. Let It Ripple’s mission is to use film, technology, discussion materials, and live and virtual events to engage people in conversation and action around complicated subjects that are shaping our lives, and updating these topics through an engaging, accessible, 21st century lens. Over the past ten years, the team has created and distributed 28 films, engaged over 50 Million people in dialogue, and created a new way of making films called “Cloud Filmmaking,” where they make films collaboratively with people all over the world and offer free customized versions of the films to thousands of schools and nonprofits to help further their reach.

The Let it Ripple Films:

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**We are committed to keeping Character Day and all of the films and materials free for all who participate. Please consider a donation to help keep these materials available to schools, organizations, and the public. All donations are tax-deductible (Let it Ripple is 501c3).**

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    Character Day 2015 (Sep 18) Made Ripples!

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    #CharacterDay absolutely blew our minds. Watching the stream of conversation, pictures, comments, press, etc. flow in and ripple out in so many directions was so beautiful, humbling, and most of all, inspiring. Thank you to everyone who participated in any way!

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • 6,752 screenings at schools, classrooms, workplaces, and organizations.
    • Events were held in 41 countries, on all inhabited continents. (There wasn't one in Antarctica this year;)
    • People from over 125 countries tapped into the conversation online. 
    • Over 35 million Twitter and press impressions and engagements.

    Amazing coverage from such a wide range of sources, from US Sec of Education Arne Duncan's great article about CharacterDay to:

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    and many many more!

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    On Being with Krista Tippet

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    When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: "When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it's attached to everything else." As a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards — the "Oscars of the internet" — she is committed to reframing technology as an expression of the best of what humanity is capable, with all the complexity that entails. With her young family, she has helped popularize the practice of the "tech shabbat" — 24 unplugged hours each week. Her perspective on our technology-enhanced lives is ultimately a purposeful and enriching one: the internet is our global brain, towards which we can apply all the wisdom we are gaining about the brains in our heads and the character in our lives.

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    Amazing Kids Magazine: Character Day

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    By Odessa Goldberg, age 12, California

    “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    When the words, “What do you have to offer? Who’s ready?” echoed through the auditorium at Mill Valley Middle School and shots of people raising their hands filled the screen, one by one the students lounged on the floor of the gym with their eyes peeled to the screen began spontaneously raising their hands, committing themselves to offer their strengths to the world. Until the last credits faded on the screen the students and teachers alike were held in a breath stirring trance that prompted tears and smiles.

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    Build Your Character (at Least for a Day)

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    Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, on why we need more time to develop our inner selves.

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When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: "When you tug at a single thing in...

By Odessa Goldberg, age 12, California “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic...

Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, on why we need more time to develop our inner selves. LISTEN HERE

On September 18, 2015, the world will join Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain for Character Day- a day of thousands of events around the globe where people will...

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