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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… More

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Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

by Matthieu Ricard

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World by Matthieu Ricard (864 pgs) is a remarkable piece of literature that deeply encourages us to examine ourselves, delves in to what altruism is,… More

¿Qué Caracteriza a Una Persona Humana?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2016 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Cuáles son las cualidades más deseables e indeseables de los seres humanos? Utilicen ejemplos de historias y fotografías para ayudar a los estudiantes a identificar nuestras mejores (y peores) cualidades y cómo podemos fomentar más… More

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Let’s Help Each Other Awaken From the Fog of Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The other day my husband and I were discussing our frustration with the human race. Nearly everywhere we looked (online and around our community), we saw cruelty, destruction, oppression, and casual indifference…. More

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How Online “Filter Bubbles” Are Influencing Your Reality (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “There is no standard Google anymore.” In his TED talk, Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic… More

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Beware Online “Filter Bubbles”

by Eli Pariser

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 29, 2016 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

In his TED talk (9:04 min), Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic editing of the web. Pariser notes that… More

Heroes & Enemigos

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 24, 2016 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

A menudo se nos dice que debemos buscar heroes, que podemos acudir a ellos en busca de inspiración. ¿Que tan a menudo buscamos aprender de la gente con la que estamos en desacuerdo, nos disgusta… More

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Killing a Worm When I Was Eight Reminded Me of My Values

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on May 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Amanda Schmit   When I was eight-years-old I loved all animals. Cats, dogs, giant centipedes. I was very inclusive. My family had moved across the country from Palmdale, California, to Buffalo, New York, so… More

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Why You Should Use These Images to Inspire Climate Change Action

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 13, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw While images of polar bears clinging to bits of ice or of widespread deforestation might motivate those of us who are biophiliacs, many people find them uninspiring. Images can influence and… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude has a variety of benefits, including helping us be happier, healthier, and more compassionate toward… More