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What Does a Victoria’s Secret Bag Say About You?

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! My husband Edwin and I periodically visit a remote coastal Maine village. During our last trip, we had a strange experience that caused us to reflect upon how our assumptions, judgments, and personal histories shape our reactions,…

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Education for a Sustainable World: An Interview with Mike Johnston

Having directed an international school in Guatemala, been the principal of a middle school in Singapore, and taught in schools across the globe, Mike Johnston is currently an independent educational consultant and will be starting a new role as assistant head of school at Frankfurt International School starting in the 2020/21 school year. He has…

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Transformative Education for the Betterment of the World: An Interview with Dr. Chitra Golestani

Dr. Chitra Golestani is Associate Director of the Wilmette Institute offering online courses in Baha’i Studies and Social Transformation for learners in the U.S. and abroad. She serves on the faculty for the Institute for Humane Education’s graduate programs with Antioch University New England. She is co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute at the University…

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Why the “Starfish Story” Needs an Update

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! There’s an oft-told parable about a child rescuing beached starfish by throwing them back into the sea. A pragmatic adult walks by and tells the child that given the hundreds of starfish on the shore,…

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Bringing a Solutionary Practice to Personal Challenges

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! As a 98 lb. white woman with small bones, I am a poster child for osteoporosis. Plus, I have a family history of the condition. My mother had a spontaneous sacral fracture at age 83…

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Mindfulness and Solutionary Efforts Create a Meaningful Life and Healthy Future

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! We live in a globalized world. We eat foods produced across the planet; buy clothes that circle the Earth through the many aspects of their production; and use electronics whose components are mined and assembled…

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Bringing Humane Education to the Poughkeepsie Day School: An Interview with JJ Morrissey

JJ Morrissey is the Head of Upper and Middle School at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY. He runs the daily operations of a 6-12th-grade independent school whose mission is to offer a progressive education that liberates the mind, ignites passion and purpose, and provides the world with agile, resourceful, self-directed, community-oriented citizens. JJ graduated…

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Why Embracing Responsibility is Liberating, Joyful, and World-changing

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! Take responsibility. When you read this command, how does it make you feel? If you’re like many people, your shoulders may slump. You may feel triggered by childhood memories of parents and teachers admonishing you with those…

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Bringing Together Conservation and Humane Education: An inteview with Sarah Bexell, Ph.D.

Sarah Bexell has worked in wildlife conservation, humane education, and sustainable development for over 25 years. She holds a B.A. in biology and environmental studies, an M.A. in biological anthropology, an M.Ed. in secondary science education, and a Ph.D. in early childhood education. She is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School…

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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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