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5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She called it a “car wash.” Every week one of us would be the “car,” and… More

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was a new activist in my late teens, I yelled at people. I used unkind language. I tried to shame them and argue them into changing their behaviors. I had… More

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Podcasts for Humane Educators and Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Podcasts have become wildly popular. We can find one on nearly every topic, and new podcasts launch every week. We listen to them when we run, on our commutes, while we’re waiting in line. And… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Anne Ward

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on August 15, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad Anne Ward lives on the Dog River in Berlin, Vermont. She says, “Most of my career so far has been spent in animal welfare and sheltering. Recent years have seen a slow… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… More

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Keeping Everyone in the Lifeboat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a popular thought experiment involving a lifeboat, a dog, and one or more humans. The discussion is basically an either/or: the human(s) or the dog – who gets tossed overboard? As… More

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Being Brave Enough to Make a Difference for Animals (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Their suffering is my grief. Is my motivation.” In his TEDx talk, Damien Mander shares his transformation from a former special forces sniper to passionate conservationist. He says: “Back then, I’d no… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Read Just a Few Comments

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Don’t read the comments” is a common refrain. We’ve all seen articles or blog posts with comments brimming with hate, misinformation, bullying, unsubstantiated assertions, and just plain unkindness. Avoiding comments seems like… More

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What Messages Are We Modeling?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on July 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw A 2015 Gallup poll shows that a third of Americans “want animals to have the same rights as people.” Other polls show that a strong majority of people in the U.S. believe… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Neil Hornish

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad, Neil Hornish, is co-founder of the Compassionate Living Project, a nonprofit humane education organization. He is also a humane educator for the Ethical Choices Program and a Systems Project Engineer at United… More