Expanding Our Circle of Compassion: Giving Rights to Nature and Animals
by Marsha Rakestraw One of the concepts we humane educators often explore with others is the circle of compassion we…
The Possibility of Possibility
by Lynne Westmoreland I awoke this morning with the realization of how much is right with the world. My mind…
Two Stories About Chocolate
Halloween is being celebrated at the end of this week, and at least here in the U.S., as usual, we’ll…
7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To
by Marsha Rakestraw Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will…
Speaking From the Heart: A Council of All Beings
(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and…
Empathy Library
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Founded by Roman Krznaric the Empathy Library seeks to “spark a global empathy revolution” through a collection of recommended books…
Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others
Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book…
Are You Practicing the Hard Kind of Kindness?
When it comes to people we like, and even strangers, it can be pretty easy to be kind. But most…
8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas
by Marsha Rakestraw As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And…
Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues
Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking…
Humane Education Activity: 4 Corners
We’ve all done it. We’ve seen someone driving by in their gas guzzling car and grumbled under our breath at…
When Critical Thinking Proponents Fail to Think Critically
Image courtesy vipez/Flickr. For the past several years I’ve been reading lots of books about why we often believe so…