About Zoe Weil

Zoe is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education She's the author of several books, including Most Good, Least Harm; Above All, Be Kind; and The Power and Promise of Humane Education. See her TEDx talk, "The World Becomes What You Teach": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5HEV96dIuY

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The Essential Elements of Humane Education

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the signs of a good educator is dedication to lifelong research and truth; critical and creative thinking; and the discovery of new ideas, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. If a teacher… More

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Ending the Violence With Meaningful Solutions

Written by Zoe Weil | 5 Comments | Published on July 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Zoe Weil I am a humane educator, a person dedicated to creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world through education. This past week’s killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas… More

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Widening Our Circle of Compassion: An Interview With Animal Rights Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on June 20, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Jo-Anne McArthur’s love of animals began when she was a child. She says, “The neighbour had a backyard dog who didn’t live a very exciting life so I would take him for walks, despite his… More

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Maintaining Hope Amidst Atrocity: The Humane Educator’s Paradox

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on June 13, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil It’s painful to learn about the terrible injustices and cruelties in the world. Sometimes, the more we know, the more hopeless we become. Even when we also learn about the great courage,… More

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Transforming Our Food System: An Interview With Bruce Friedrich of The Good Food Institute

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the core principles of humane education is focusing on transforming our systems so that they’re more restorative, just, and humane for all. Our food system has far-reaching effects on people,… More

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How Do We Change?

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Artist and changemaker Chris Jordan asks several questions in his fascinating TED talk. Through his powerful photographs of human behavior and mass consumption, Jordan attempts to make our unconscious societal choices conscious,… More

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Civil Discourse Leads to Positive Change: Insults Do Not

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on March 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

This blog post was originally published on Common Dreams. Reposted here under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. by Zoe Weil In the past week I’ve seen a grotesque image of Donald Trump as a… More

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What Solutionary Learning Can Look Like: 4 Stories

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on March 3, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Transforming our educational system won’t be easy, but I believe that it is the most important and strategic path toward creating more just, peaceful, and sustainable societies populated by healthy, happy, successful… More

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Educating a Generation of Solutionaries

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on February 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by  Zoe Weil The consequences of continuing to pursue our current educational path include more disengaged children, more demoralized teachers, and the likely escalation of grave global challenges because young people will graduate ill… More

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We Must Develop Truly Solutionary Solutions

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on February 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil If you conduct a web search for “kid heroes” you’ll discover wonderful children doing great things. It is inspiring to read their stories, learn about their generosity, and know that kindness and… More