To Create Positive Change, Be a Campfire not a Forest Fire

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! There’s a metaphor I like to use when talking to fellow activists and solutionaries. I ask them to imagine two fires. The first is a campfire. The fire is warm and bright, and people are drawn…

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Educator, Changemaker, Environmentalist, Lawyer: An Interview with Hans Hageman

Hans Hageman has worn many hats, among them school founder, educator, coach, lawyer, activist, and environmentalist. He’s a role model for youth and adults alike, and we are so grateful that among his significant volunteer choices (such as firefighter as seen in this photo), he serves on IHE’s Curriculum Advisory Board.  IHE: Hans, you were…

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How Greta Thunberg’s Unique Qualities Are Galvanizing the Climate Movement

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! I have been teaching young people about climate change for 32 years. In 1987, I taught week-long summer courses to middle school students at the University of Pennsylvania. One of those courses was on environmental…

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Nora Kramer of YEA Camp

Founder of YEA Camp, Nora Kramer: Empowering Teens and Adults Aspiring to Have Big Impact on Social Justice Issues

IHE: Nora Kramer is the director of Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, a social justice activist camp for teens and adults that she founded in 2009 to help aspiring activists make a bigger impact on the causes they care about. For almost 20 years, Nora has devoted her career and much of her volunteer time…

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False Dichotomies

Why False Dichotomies Impede Solutionary Thinking

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! The economic localization movement is growing, with adherents advocating “buy local” as the answer to our myriad problems. Author Helena Norberg-Hodge begins her TEDx talk, The Economics of Happiness, with this impassioned plea: “For all of us…

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Humane Education in Guatemala: IHE’s interview with Lidia Oxi, Vilma Saloj, and Hyungjoon Jin, IHE Graduate Student

Vilma Saloj, Hyungjoon Jin, Lidia Oxi at IHE’s shore Lidia Oxi is a Mayan-Kaqchikel woman from Guatemala and is the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. She is the High School Director of Colegio Impacto of the MAIA Organization (and serves on the MAIA leadership team); speaks Kaqchikel along with English,…

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If You Want to Create Change, Focus on Systems

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and each week we’ll be sharing her PT blog posts here. Enjoy! I became a humane educator more than 30 years ago, teaching about interconnected environmental, human rights, and animal protection issues in order to inspire deeper empathy, better critical thinking, and more ethical behavior among my students….

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Blog: Kim Korona

Humane Education in Action: A Conversation with Solutionary and IHE Alumna – Kim Korona

Kim Korona is a graduate of IHE’s M.Ed. program and serves as the Senior Program Director at HEART, a non-profit education organization. In addition to being an extraordinary humane educator in the classroom, Kim develops curricula and educational resources that promote compassion, critical thinking, and empowerment through topics related to animal protection, environmental ethics, and…

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Why being vegan is logical

Why Being Vegan is Logical, Humane, and Easier Than Ever

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! Thirty years ago I became vegan. I’d long since stopped eating meat, which was challenging enough as a lover of steak, chicken, bacon, and lamb chops, but what would I put in my tea if not…

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