Character Day

Copresented with Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change

Friday, September 18, 2015 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, West Gallery, Mind Cinema

Included with museum admission.

What determines your character? Who do you admire? How can we reflect who we are, and who we want to be?

Join us for the second annual Character Day, a global event organized by filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, a nonprofit specializing in free “cloud films” made collaboratively with people all over the world. Character Day launched in 2014 with the global premiere of The Science of Character, a film exploring the neuroscience and social science behind the idea that we can shape who we are. Millions of people participated in the day, with screenings in over 1,500 schools and organizations, a 24-hour online Q&A, and online discussion materials to catalyze deeper conversations about character development.

See the film that started the movement, plus two new premieres: The Making of a Mensch and The Adaptable Mind. Visit CharacterDay.org to join an online discussion on September 18—and add your perspective to the global conversation. #Character Day

Led by Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, the team at San–Francisco based  Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change has had 4 films premiere at Sundance, has won over 70 awards, and has had 3 of their films selected by The U.S. State Department to screen at embassies around the world to foster dialogue across borders.

Featuring a compilation of:

The Science of Character (2014, 8 min.) explores the neuroscience and social science behind character development, and how we can shape who we are and who we want to be.

The Making of a Mensch (2015) answers the question, "What are the skills we need to flourish in the twenty-first century?"

The Adaptable Mind (2015) takes the science explored in The Science of Character and reframes it through the lens of the great Jewish teachings of the Mussar tradition.