5 Minute Changemaker: Make The Most of Being Stuck in Traffic
by Marsha Rakestraw I live in Portland, Oregon, where traffic — like in many other cities — has become ridiculous.…
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…
Learning From Our Heroes and Enemies (lesson plan)
We’re often told to look for heroes we can turn to for inspiration. How often do we seek out what…
4 Reasons to Embrace Failure
by Marsha Rakestraw I love reading stories about solutionaries and changemakers. They are always inspiring and teach me so much…
5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude
by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude…
Caring When Caring Hurts
by Shannon Finch I admit it, I am sensitive. As a child, people thought my sensitivity was cute. As I…
Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”
by Marsha Rakestraw Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150…
What My Love Affair with Peanut Butter Cups and CNN Taught Me About Being Kind to Myself
by Shannon Finch The other day, while engrossed in work, I ate an entire bag of brand name Peanut Butter…
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…
Refinding Nature
by Jessie Huart Sullivan In the Institute for Humane Education graduate school residency program, I participated in Seton watching, a…
Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home
While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they can make informed…
Exending Empathy, Even When It’s Most Difficult
by Jessie Huart Sullivan As a freshman in college, I took a class in the education department at Indiana University…