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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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

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Becoming a Solutionary Thinker Means Becoming a Systems Thinker

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Because life in our world – both ecological and societal – is dependent upon interconnected systems, to be a solutionary it is also essential to become a systems thinker, able to identify… More

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Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead

Written by Zoe Weil | 4 Comments | Published on February 4, 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 Michael Fields, a science teacher in the Au Gres school system in Arenac County,… More

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We Must Shift the Purpose of Schooling

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on January 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil In the United States the current purpose of schooling (2016) is expressed in the mission statement at the U.S. Department of Education website: to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness… More

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Transforming Education is Key to Creating a Better World

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

by Zoe Weil I believe that it’s possible to create a just, healthy, and humane world; to develop sustainable energy, food, transportation, production, construction, and other systems; to end poverty; and to ensure that everyone… More