The Job of Making Mensches: Campers with Integrity and Honor

Making Mensches

This article delves into the massive undertaking of “making mensches.” Author, Avi Orlow, talks about how it was necessary to break the concept into component parts to make it more manageable and more teachable. Using the taxonomy of psychologist and educator Martin Seligman, as well as the work of filmmaker Tiffany Shlain in “Science of Character”, Orlow develops a short film called Making of a Mensch (2015) and supporting materials, such as the visually stunning Periodic Table of Character Strengths.



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