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Traveling with a Broken Compass: Compassion as Our North Star

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 8, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Humane Education, Humane Living, Publications, Resources, Student Publications
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/resource/traveling-with-a-broken-compass-compassion-as-our-north-star/

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Each Institute for Humane Education M.Ed./M.A. student must complete a master’s thesis. The thesis represents not only the culmination of the student’s studies, but also a creative contribution to the field of humane education. The topic must be professionally and socially relevant, challenging, and appropriate for the student’s vision. In the project the student demonstrates the ability to integrate theory, research skills, academic course work, and professional experience and goals.

This project is the basis of a book that will be titled Traveling with a Broken Compass: Compassion as our North Star.  The purpose of the book is to help people, especially other humane educators, move out of the apathy and/or despair often associated with long-term activism work involving environmental ethics, animal protection, and human rights concerns.  The book will explore some of the ways that ordinary people can claim their power to create positive attitudes, outcomes, and new visions for the peaceful, compassionate, just, and sustainable world that is our future. (The book excerpts begin on page 31 of the pdf file.)