Can Exhibit Designers Teach Character and Initiative?

I have this great little book called The Dog Poop Initiative.

In a fun storybook format, it tells a story about the doers, those that take action.  And the rest of the population that points, blames and whines.   It talks about the lack of willingness to take initiative, to be a leader, teamwork and service.  It talks about the responsibility to set the example as parents and community members for the next generation.  As a business owner the lack of initiative is disconcerting to say the least.  I have heard story after story of the difficulty of finding entry level employees that will show up to work on time, that will give notice when they decide to leave and other base level responsibilities.

This also proliferates in personal stories I hear about parents not holding their children accountable, enforcing rules or offering any kind of discipline.  Parents that are disrespectful to teachers when their kid gets in trouble.  I have a close associate whose child was physically abused during school hours by his own team members.  None of the teachers or coaches would step up to the plate to give the appropriate discipline.  It is a heart-breaking story.

There is much talk in the media about the crisis of character.  The GSA and Secret Service stories certainly speak to a lack of character.  Do you think we have a problem?  How do you define character?

Would you pick up the dog poop if you saw it in the middle of the soccer field?

Do you show up at the time you say you are going to arrive?

Do you follow the rules?

Do you hold people accountable?

Can we teach this in our museum exhibits?

How can we help teach our communities?

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