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Become a Global Citizen (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 5, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

“… the world’s future depends on global citizens.” Globally, news stories and conversations abound about keeping certain kinds of people (refugees, immigrants, people with beliefs we fear) out of “our” borders. We hear talk of… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Rethinking Tradition, Habit, and Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw One of the mini-activities I do as part of a presentation I give on the lives and deaths of factory farmed animals is a survey. As I flip through images of farmed… More

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Resources for Self-Care for Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw We become humane educators and changemakers because we’re passionate about creating a just, humane world for all beings. Because of our work we daily encounter stories of cruelty and injustice. And we… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Simple Questions to Ask Ourselves Before We Buy

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

by Marsha Rakestraw Despite the rise of minimalism and conscious consumerism and the possibility of “peak stuff,” we humans still buy a lot. Grist recently reported on a new study in the Journal of Industrial… 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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I Am a Humane Educator: Lee Anne Chapman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

Lee Anne Chapman is a 2014 IHE graduate certificate grad. She says, “An optimistic activist, vegan for over 20 years, I have a passion for learning better ways of doing things and personal development.” Lee… 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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The Possibility of Possibility

Written by Lynne Westmoreland | No Comments | Published on April 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lynne Westmoreland I awoke this morning with the realization of how much is right with the world. My mind and heart were filled with gratitude for the heron that flew over us yesterday and… More

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IHE’s Graduate Program Changed Our Lives – It Will Change Yours, Too

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Most of us have been blessed with at least a few positive life-changing experiences. Mine have included getting married at 18 (and still being married more than 30 years later to my… More

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Introducing Elementary Teachers to Humane Education

Written by Elizabeth Crawford | 3 Comments | Published on April 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. with Claire Roehl, M.Ed. Speaking at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden declared: “For me, being a teacher isn’t just what I do — it’s who… More