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!

THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER

30,000 DAYS

 the 3000 year history of human's thinking about meaning and purpose

THE ADAPTABLE MIND

about skills to flourish in the 21st century

THE MAKING OF A MENSCH

character through the Jewish lens of the wonderful teachings of Mussar

DEAR STUDENT

the relationship between character and screen use, with a challenge to unplug

DEAR PARENT

the relationship between character and screen use, with a challenge to unplug

GLOBAL LIVESTREAM

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. 

RESEARCH

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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