About IHE

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) offers graduate programs, training, and resources for teachers and changemakers looking to create a more just, humane, and sustainable future by educating about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, and animal protection and building a society of solutionaries.

Mission

IHE educates people to create a world in which all humans, animals, and nature can thrive.

Strategy

To achieve our mission, we offer:

●  Online Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Humane Education delivered in partnership with Antioch University and designed to prepare teachers and changemakers to educate about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental ethics, and animal protection through a Solutionary Framework.

●  Humane Education Resources and Training that provide opportunities for learning, professional development, free educational materials, and methodologies for integrating our Solutionary Framework into schools and communities and advancing the growing solutionary movement.

●  High Impact Outreach through keynote addresses, books, workshops, TEDx talks, and consultation.

“We look forward to the day when humane education is so deeply embedded in schooling and learning that it will simply be known as “education,” and schools will, as a matter of course, prepare students to be solutionaries who bring their knowledge and skills to bear to solve the challenges we face in ways that are good for all.” 

Zoe Weil

Commitment to Racial Justice

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) recognizes that systemic racism is pervasive, and that by examining our organizational culture and practices; program design, content, and delivery; and resource development and materials, we become better able to identify and dismantle any racist structures and norms that exist within our organization and work to support the development of more just societies.

IHE is actively working to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase representation of diverse and marginalized communities among IHE constituencies: graduate students; teachers, schools, and districts; and change-makers.
  • Diversify the skills, expertise, perspectives, and lived experiences of IHE’s faculty, staff, advisors, and Board of Directors.
  • Improve our outreach to and build trust with communities that have been historically oppressed.
  • Maintain an infrastructure of mutual learning, respect, caring, compassion, and friendship among all humane educators, with special attention to the persistent trauma that members of BIPOC communities face. 
  • Deepen our individual and collective commitment to and understanding of racial justice in the context of our work in humane education.

What is a Solutionary?

Solutionary: Noun: A solutionary is able to identify inhumane and unsustainable systems, then develop solutions that are healthy and just for people, animals, and the environment. Conscious of their personal impact, solutionaries also endeavor to do the most good and least harm through the choices they make. Adjective: Characterized by addressing problems in a strategic, comprehensive way that does not harm one group by helping another. 

What is MOGO?

MOGO, short for “most good,” is a quick way of thinking about the fundamental question that underlies humane education: How can each of us, through our daily choices, work, communities, and volunteerism do the most good and the least harm to ourselves, other people, animals, and the environment?

The Essential Elements of Humane Education

To ensure that people have the skills and experiences to be solutionaries for a more just, humane, and healthy world, humane educators must enable others to:

Acquire Knowledge

Acquire Knowledge
by preparing them to be enthusiastic and effective researchers who are able to obtain accurate information about interconnected global challenges and discern fact from opinion and conjecture.

Think Deeply
by developing their critical-, creative-, strategic-, and systems-thinking skills.

Make Compassionate & Responsible Choices
by fostering wonder and appreciation for the natural world; empathy for people and animals; and a commitment to doing the most good and least harm.

Focus On Solutions
by providing opportunities to collaboratively engage in problem-solving; implement ideas; and assess and improve upon them.