Character Day is an annual global day that ran 2014-2019.
Each Character Day, groups in schools, companies, and homes around the globe screened films, used discussion materials, and joined a global livestream conversation about the science of character -- how to develop strengths like grit, gratitude, self-control, curiosity, and creativity.
In 2019, over 200,000 groups participated in 128 countries and all 50 states.
CHARACTER DAY EVENTS
Each unique "event" used a combination of films, discussion materials, and global livestream full of inspiration. The rest was up to the host's creativity. The range and productions were incredible!
A middle school Character Day "bravery flashmob" at Sarasota Military Academy, Florida.
Refinery29 in New York, like many companies, held a Character Day happy hour.
Hong Kong made Character Day a city-wide event 3 years in a row, with billboards, busses that said Character Day everywhere, and government involvement.
CHARACTER DAY FILMS
We offer six short films as part of the Character Day experience. Each film comes with discussion materials for all ages. The film is the appetizer. The conversation after is the main course. Enjoy!
Each Character Day featured an all-day livestream of celebrities, authors, scientists, artists, and students of all ages talking about character from different perspectives and fielding live questions from a global audience.
We worked with UPENN's ImpactED to evaluate the qualitative impact of Character Day on individuals and institutions who participate.
Here are some highlights:
93% reported an increase in their *personal* intention to develop character.
80% reported an increase in their *institution’s* support of character development.
96% reported intention to continue participating in Character Day.
100% reported they wanted more: more ways to engage, more content, and more resources, year-round.
Read the full report and three case studies here.
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