5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone
by Marsha Rakestraw The recent US election has highlighted a significant divisiveness. And the media and social media have been…
Practices for Cultivating Compassionate Communication Skills
by Marsha Rakestraw Sometimes I have a dream in which I run door-to-door in my neighborhood. I bang on the…
5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation
by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you…
What Messages Are We Modeling?
by Marsha Rakestraw A 2015 Gallup poll shows that a third of Americans “want animals to have the same rights…
Must-Read Articles About the 4th of July
by Marsha Rakestraw Even though I’m grateful for America’s independence and all the good things about the U.S., the 4th…
5 Minute Changemaker: Pick Up Others’ Trash
by Marsha Rakestraw The last couple of years, I’ve made a point of picking up at least one piece of…
I Am a Humane Educator: Lee Anne Chapman
Lee Anne Chapman is a 2014 IHE graduate certificate grad. She says, “An optimistic activist, vegan for over 20 years,…
How Do We Change?
by Zoe Weil Artist and changemaker Chris Jordan asks several questions in his fascinating TED talk. Through his powerful photographs…
5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude
by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude…
Children’s Picture Books About War and Peace
by Marsha Rakestraw Some children have known war their entire lives. As journalist and peace teacher, Colman McCarthy says, “Why…
5 Minute Changemaker: Language Matters
by Marsha Rakestraw We can kill two birds with one stone. The dog wagged its tail. I’m feeling crazy. That…
Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Greater Good in Action
Like any good habit, cultivating strengths such as empathy, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude takes practice. And it often helps to…