The Power of Positive Peer Pressure
by Marsha Rakestraw A 2012 survey of teen volunteers revealed that the main reason teens volunteer is because their friends…
What We See Depends on What We Look For
by Marsha Rakestraw Recently I came across this quote: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” (John…
5 Minute Changemaker: Get to the Point (Person)
by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us have done it. We’re frustrated at the immovable line at the store, and we…
5 Must-See Films About Masculinity
by Marsha Rakestraw ‚ÄúStrength is about adapting to change, not about retreating from it and lashing back with violence out…
I Am a Humane Educator & Changemaker: Barb Troyer
Barb Troyer is a Bend, Oregon, based facilitator for changemakers and organizations doing good in the world. In 2016 she…
Apples to Kindness: A Lesson for Pre-schoolers
What does treating an apple nicely have to do with learning about kindness? A lot, if you’re a pre-schooler. Teacher…
We Need to Speak Up and Say “Enough Hurting”
by Marsha Rakestraw “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind — even if your voice shakes.” ~…
5 Minute Changemaker: Call Your Legislators
by Marsha Rakestraw Last month I was part of a small group of citizens who met with each of the…
What’s New Wednesday 2-15-17: News & Resources for Educators & Changemakers
Each week find a round-up of selected resources, news stories, and commentary related to humane living, global ethical issues, and…
Resources for #WeNeedDiverseBooks
by Marsha Rakestraw When I was a child, I read a lot of books. A lot. And other than the…
The Best (and Worst) US States for Animal Protection Laws
by Marsha Rakestraw While things have been slowly changing for the better for nonhuman animals, it only takes a glance…
5 Minute Changemaker: Sign the (Right) Petition
by Marsha Rakestraw The number of online petitions has skyrocketed, especially since the recent US election. Most days there more…