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7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” As 21st-century citizens, we have a lot competing for our attention. What we… More

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Speaking From the Heart: A Council of All Beings

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) What does a mountain wish for?… More

Empathy Library

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 2, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Humane Education, Humane Living, Media & Culture, Resources, Websites

Founded by Roman Krznaric the Empathy Library seeks to “spark a global empathy revolution” through a collection of recommended books and films (including children’s works) focused in some way on empathy. Citizens can become members… More

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Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book filled with characters of color living “normal” lives. The other by a white man who… More

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Are You Practicing the Hard Kind of Kindness?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When it comes to people we like, and even strangers, it can be pretty easy to be kind. But most of us know at least a couple of people we just don’t like. And then… 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

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking and civics education and its consistency with national Common Core standards.” We agree that it’s… More

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Humane Education Activity: 4 Corners

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on June 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’ve all done it. We’ve seen someone driving by in their gas guzzling car and grumbled under our breath at them. We’ve rolled our eyes at the teen girls obsessively cruising the make-up aisles. We’ve… More

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When Critical Thinking Proponents Fail to Think Critically

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on March 28, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy vipez/Flickr. For the past several years I’ve been reading lots of books about why we often believe so many unsubstantiated things. Part of this reading is due to my fascination with human belief… More