Filmmakers and Founders of Character Day

Tiffany Shlain, Sawyer Steele, and Makenzie Darling talk about making 30,000 Days and the history of Character Day.

Welcome to Character Day

Director Tiffany Shlain kicks off the day!

Angela Duckworth, Academic, Psychologist and Author of Grit

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Interview with Moby, Musician, Activist

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Join Us for the Fifth Annual Character Day on September 26th

The search for meaning is one of the universal conversations humanity has ever had. Regardless of race, religion or location, humans have a fundamental need to leave a positive mark on the world around them. This need not only ties humanity together, it drives us all to be better people, every day. Character Day is an opportunity for communities all over the world to come together, learn from each other and commit to being a little better every day.  Character Day has grown from 1,500 events in 2014 to over 133,000 events in 2017 with people engaging from 150 countries from Guam to Thailand to the Central Africa Republic and many more. We have seen so many amazing Character Day events: everything from K-12 school districts to universities including UC Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT, to The U.S Airforce, to companies like Intel, to individual families across the country and world. We provide you all of the resources to host your own Character Day event which can take place any time of the day on September 26th, can be any size, and anywhere. Everything is free thanks to generous grants and donations. Please join us! Watch a one minute trailer here.

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Dive In:

  1. Watch 30,000 Days. Character Day was the global premiere of our new film 30,000 Days! Watch here. This 11-minute film explores the 3,000-year history of humans wrestling with the question of how to live life with meaning and purpose. The film is appropriate for ages 8-99+ and is translated into Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi and Portuguese. Share on Facebook and on Twitter here.
  2. Watch our other Character Day films. You can also screen or download The Science of Character (8 min), The Adaptable Mind (10 min), and The Making of a Mensch (10 min).
  3. Dive into discussion materials. We will have the printed Discussion Kits available again next year, but for now, here are online and printable materials.
  4. Character (Every) Day resource hub and mobile app. Our resource hub has over 5,000 curated pieces of content that you can filter by type of content (films, books, websites, games, apps, and lesson plans), character strength (perseverance, kindness, empathy, humor, gratitude, etc) and age. You can also download the Character (Every) Day app for iPhone or Android
  5. Partner Content. Several of our amazing partners curated additional content for Character Day, for all different ages. Check out what Class Dojo, Influence Film Club, Common Sense Media, Silly Street, Shaboom, Character Lab, Smartfeed, Gratitude Revealed, and Nearpod suggest.
  6. Share photos and videos. Please send us short videos and photos from your events! Use the hashtag #CultivatingCharacter and join our social media campaign. What does the world need more of right now? 
  7. 10 Ways to Cultivate Character. Keep the momentum going with this list of 10 ways to cultivate character on a daily basis.
  8. Sign up for Character Day next year. Character Day 2018 (5th annual) will be September 26th. Sign up here! and check out our other global initiative about gender equality called 50/50 Day. It will be April 26th and you can sign up here.
  9. Watch and the Global LiveCast Q&A. Watch videos of the 21 prominent leaders who joined us to talk about the importance of character from all different perspectives throughout Character Day below. See the complete lineup of speakers bios here
  10. Join our Character Day Ambassador Group. Join our group on Facebook to continue the conversation year-round with like-minded people and organizations around the world. It is a great place to share your ideas and content around character development. We will also be hosting conference calls throughout the year to discuss Character Day, new ideas and initiatives, and to come together as a community.

Eric Liu, Writer, Founder of Citizen University

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Joy Buolamwini, Founder of Algorithmic Justice League

Interviewed by Tiffany Shalin

Emily Esfahani Smith, Author, The Power of Meaning

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Scott Barry Kaufman, Psychologist and Author

Ask questions live on Facebook with #CultivatingCharacter!

Krista Tippett and Tiffany Shlain

Technology led to a change of plans! Here is Krista interviewing Tiffany on her show On Being.

Alan Morinis, Founder of Mussar Institute

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Lea Waters, Psychologist, Researcher, Consultant, Author and Public Speaker

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Shabnam Mogharabi, CEO and Executive Producer, SoulPancake

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Joe Beckman, International Speaker, Leadership Trainer

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Soren Gordhamer, Founder and Host of Wisdom 2.0

Interviewed by Alejandro Adler

Elena Man, Pediatrician, Mental Health Specialist

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Sharon Salzberg, World-Renowned Teach, New York Times Best Selling Author

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Chade-Meng Tan, Former Head of Personal Growth, Google

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Jane Golden, Founder and Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Lee Moore, Director of Jewish Learning, Lippman Kanfer Foundation

Interviewed by Tiffany Shlain

Dawn Engle, Co-Founder and Executive Director of PeaceJam Foundation

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Kalimah Priforce, Headmaster CEO of Oakland-based Qeyno Labs

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Nelly Farnoody, Mom Talk

Interviewed by Makenzie Darling

Sign Off From Character Day!

Tiffany, Sawyer, Makenzie, and the whole behind the scenes crew

Character Day Trailer (1 min)
Watch The Science of Character (8 min)

This film premiered on the first ever Character Day 2014

Watch The Adaptable Mind (11 min)

This film premiered Character Day 2015

Watch The Making of a Mensch (11 min)

This film premiered Character Day 2015

 Character Day Partners

An enormous thank you to the amazing partners who help expand this initiative and cultivate character around the globe!