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Student solutionaries in Hawaii: An Interview with Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith, a high school English teacher at Maryknoll School in Hawaii, attended my 2017 keynote presentation at the Schools of the Future conference in Honolulu. Inspired to educate his students to be solutionaries, he took our solutionary professional development course, collaborated with his grade level team, and brought solutionary learning to all of the…

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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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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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