Teaching Students What to Say When We Bump Up Against People’s Opposing Views
by Marsha Rakestraw “Even if I find an opinion downright abhorrent, I keep asking more questions to gain better insight…
Can You Spot the Biases in Your Classroom?
by IHE Peruse a piece of information, and it may seem objective. Look again with a more critical eye, and…
6 Videos for Teaching Students About Tech Bias and Influence
by Marsha Rakestraw Technology is not neutral. And while we’re increasingly learning about (and addressing) the pervasive influence of fake…
Practices for Cultivating Compassionate Communication Skills
by Marsha Rakestraw Sometimes I have a dream in which I run door-to-door in my neighborhood. I bang on the…
5 Minute Changemaker: Read Just a Few Comments
by Marsha Rakestraw “Don’t read the comments” is a common refrain. We’ve all seen articles or blog posts with comments…
Don’t Fall Into the Changemaker Trap That Makes People Resist Positive Change
by Marsha Rakestraw Awhile back I had dinner with some new non-vegan friends and colleagues. I was the only vegan…
5 Minute Changemaker: Leave a Compassionate Comment
by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a common saying in the cyberverse: Never read the comments. But a new study by researchers…
Under the Influence: Our New Social Psychology Global Issues Guide
by Marsha Rakestraw As humane educators and changemakers it’s important that we understand what motivates and drives people and what…
Storytelling Matters: What Moves People to Action?
by Marsha Rakestraw Several years ago my husband and I watched Hotel Rwanda together. We both found the film…
Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Three Myths of Behavior Change
by Marsha Rakestraw Did you know that the greatest adversary to change is common sense? That’s what sociology professor Jeni…
Reframing News Headlines
by Marsha Rakestraw In our busy culture, we often may not read beyond the news and media headlines, so how…
Effective Changemaking: No Judging
by Marsha Rakestraw A couple nights ago I was giving a presentation about factory-farmed animals. At the beginning, I asked…