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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

Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS)

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

Volunteer overseas to help others, while learning and growing yourself. CCS “addresses critical global issues by providing meaningful and sustainable volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies.” More

Center for a New American Dream

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 22, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Humane Living, Media & Culture, Resources, Websites

From personal choices to activism, you’ll find great ideas and information here about living more simply, sustainably, and joyfully. More

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Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich

by Duane Elgin

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 20, 2012 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Humane Living, Media & Culture, Resources

Elgin explores the concept of living a conscious, balanced, joyful life that reflects respect and responsibility for the impact of our choices and our relationship with others and the natural world. More