How can we create a just, healthy, and humane world? What is the path to developing sustainable energy, food, transportation, production, construction, and other systems? What’s the best strategy to end poverty and ensure that everyone has equal rights? How can we slow the rate of extinction and restore ecosystems? How can we learn to resolve conflicts without violence and treat other people and nonhuman animals with respect and compassion?
The answer to all these questions lies with one underlying system—schooling. To create a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world, we must reimagine education and prepare a generation to be solutionaries—young people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to create a better future. Zoe Weil—author, educator, and president of the Institute for Humane Education—describes how we can (and must) transform education and teaching; create such a generation; and build such a future.
With a world steeped in materialism, environmental destruction, and injustice, what can one individual possibly do to change it?
While the present obstacles we face may seem overwhelming, in Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, IHE President Zoe Weil shows us that change doesn’t have to start with an army. It starts with you.
Through her straightforward approaches to living a MOGO, or “most good,” life, she reveals that the true path to inner peace doesn’t require a retreat from the world. Rather, she offers powerful and practical tools to face these global issues and improve both our planet and our personal lives.
Learn direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, and discover that our simple decisions really can change the world.
Most Good, Least Harm is the next step beyond “green” and a radically new way to empower the individual and motivate positive change.
Most Good, Least Harm is a Silver Winner for the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards. The award “recognizes books and audio books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change, while at the same time they stimulate the “imagination” and offer the reader “new possibilities” for a better life and a better world.”
Unprecedented global challenges require novel approaches. Old methods of education don’t help us address pressing issues, such as environmental decline, human rights violations and cruelty to animals. Popular culture often makes things worse by glorifying celebrity, violence and greed. How can you help young people better themselves and the world?
You can help the next generation decrease suffering, oppression and destruction and create positive change for a kind, just, sustainable world.
In The Power and Promise of Humane Education, learn how to engage young people to explore social justice, environmental ethics, animal protection and more. Get the keys to unlock each young person’s potential – and your own — to be a force for good and to help lead us to a better future.
Students are usually eager to learn more about what’s happening around them and how they can have impact. The Power and Promise of Humane Education shows you all that humane education has to offer them and the world.
Get activities, stories, examples, case studies, resources and more to help implement your own program. This inviting and easy-to-use book is written for teachers, activists, educational reformers and homeschooling parents. Learn how to bring humane education to classrooms, youth groups, camps, religious settings or other gatherings.
Above All, Be Kind shows you how to teach children to be humane in the broadest sense: not only to become more compassionate towards family and friends, but also to make choices that demonstrate respect for the environment, other species, and all people.
Imagine that the next generation has the commitment and skills to solve the most pressing challenges of our time. Above All Be Kind helps parents and other adults like you nurture that generation.
Above All, Be Kind gives you the tools to nurture happier children, deeper family relationships and a better world:
- “The best qualities of human beings” to inspire you and to help you identify the qualities you want to develop in your children.
- A unique questionnaire to explore how well you’re living your values, so that you can become a better role model for what matters most to you.
- Accurate information, so that you and your children will be thoughtful citizens who make more conscious, life-affirming decisions.
- Dynamic activities that teach critical thinking and engender respect for all people, animals, and the environment, bringing together everything you care about.
- Practical tips, stories and examples that make it easier to implement change in any and all aspects of your life.
A strange substitute teacher with interesting ideas sparks Medea and Claude to think about the world and the choices they make, which leads them on a mysterious hunt to rescue kidnapped dogs.
“In ‘Claude and Medea’ we are introduced to two incredible characters whose very different lives are intertwined by their shared willingness to open their hearts and minds and see past prejudice. This charming story reminds us of the passion that welled inside all of us when we learned of the injustices that take place in the world. Weil’s engaging book helps us appreciate the creativity of children and the desire that we all have to make a positive difference in the world—no matter our age.”
- Lauren Ornelas, Founder, Food Empowerment Project