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In Trying to Do Good, Have You Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Browse bookshelves and blogs and you’ll find stories of people striving toward extraordinary goals: zero waste, plastic-free, gender-neutral, a level 5 vegan, no products made in China. Reducing the harm we cause is an important… More

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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

by Robert Maurer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 11, 2014 | Filed under Books, Humane Living, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources

As humane educators and committed citizens, we know the importance of working for both personal and systemic change; one won’t work without the other. But all the demands and distractions on our time, the challenges… More

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The Pet Shop Revolution

by Ana Juan

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 24, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Resources

Mean Mr. Walnut has the biggest pet shop in the city, selling unhappy animals to wealthy people. No one has enough courage to confront him until Mina’s pet rabbit goes missing. With the help of… More

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How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the humane education activities we use to help students and changemakers think more deeply about their passions, goals and choices is to ask them to imagine that they’re very old, approaching the ends… More

I Think Therefore I Act

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 11, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Based on the Privilege Walk, this activity encourages students/participants to develop an awareness of the kinds of choices we make every day that impact other people, nonhuman animals, and the environment. Recommended for grades 9… More

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8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And when we’re so focused on inspiring others to open their minds and hearts to new ideas in order… More

Personal Stories Serve as Living Proof That Change is Possible: A Three-Part Workshop Series Geared Toward Supporting Adults Through a Transition Toward Veganism

by Wendy Gilmore

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 6, 2012 | Filed under Food & Diet, Humane Education, Publications, Resources, Student Publications

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… More

One Small Step: Do Something Scary

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 9, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin to Pooh) ~ A.A. Milne I’m a believer in pushing fear boundaries. As… More

Global Volunteers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 27, 2012 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Resources, Websites

Global Volunteers engages “short-term volunteers on long-term projects to create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children.” More