Tiffany Shlain has been honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” She's a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Here's some info on her latest collaboration with Talenthouse.

The Science of Character

We have loved working on our previous films with the Talenthouse community! (In fact our last film where Talenthouse Artists were featured is called Brain Power and was just selected by the US State Department as one of the films to represent America in the 2013-14 American Film Showcase) We are excited to see what you all send in for this one!

Here is our new film: The Science of Character - we would love your creative participation!

The Science of Character will be a 4 minute film that lores why "character" matters. Can you shape who you are? And who you will become? New research suggests you can - that we can teach and shape character strengths (things like optimism, self-control, and curiosity) to help us live more fulfilling lives. We'd love for you to help us explore....The Science of Character. It should only take a few minutes. Find out how to participate here.

What Tiffany is Looking For

We’re looking for art (illustration, graphic design, photography, collage, anything you’ve already created or perhaps are inspired to create) that represents the character strengths below. If you’d like, you can include the word visually on the work(, or you can just let us know what word you’re interpreting. You are welcome to submit a piece of art that you already have, or create something new. All the info for artists is available here.

Here is the list of character strengths:

  • Perseverance
  • Curiosity
  • Self-control
  • Social intelligence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Optimism
  • Gratitude

This new film is part of our Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change short film series, which uses a new way of making films we call Cloud Filmmaking, which uses artwork and footage created by people all over the world to make a globally collaborative film. We then make free customized versions for nonprofits all over the world. We have already made over 400 of these films in the first year since launch.

Let it Ripple!

About Tiffany

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects.

She is currently working on a film series which is paving the way for a new kind of collaborative filmmaking that she and her film studio call CLOUD FILMMAKING. The series, titled Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, will include 16 short 2 to 10-minute films over the next 4 years about important aspects of life.

Each of these films invites participants to send in videos from around the world and after the film is completed her team then makes free customized versions for not-for-profit organizations all over the world. The first film in the series, A Declaration of Interdependence, with music by Moby, has been translated into 65 languages and she has made 100 customized versions.

The second film in the series is Engage, which looks at the importance of engaging in society and has been customized for over 200 organizations. The third film in the series, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, looks at new research on how to best grow children’s brains and applies this to thinking about the best ways to grow the global brain of the internet.

Find out more about Tiffany on her website or follow her on Twitter @tiffanyshlain.

Tiffany welcomes your creative input on or before March 29, 2013!