In a world brimming with challenges and complexities, there are individuals who stand out as beacons of hope and change-makers. Zoe Weil, the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, is one such remarkable individual.
In a recent episode of the Vegan Visibility Podcast, I had the privilege of talking with Zoe about her inspiring journey and her mission to empower the next generation of “solutionaries.”
Zoe Weil’s Remarkable Journey
Zoe Weil is a passionate advocate for ending suffering and injustice in the world. Zoe’s journey into the realm of humane education began in 1987 while she was in graduate school. This period marked a turning point in her life as she embarked on a path driven by a deep-seated passion to address global issues.
Humane Education and Creating Solutionaries
Zoe’s work as a humane educator involves teaching young students about interconnected issues related to human rights, animal protection, and environmental sustainability. She vividly recalls one transformative moment when a young boy in her class became an instant activist, sparking her mission to educate the next generation of solutionaries. Zoe’s journey is a testament to the power of education in shaping young minds and inspiring them to become agents of positive change.
The Changing Landscape of Animal Welfare
Throughout the podcast, we delve into the progress and challenges within the animal welfare movement since the 1980s. Zoe acknowledges the positive strides made, such as the increase in the number of vegans and vegetarians, along with the development of laws aimed at protecting animals. However, she also highlights the ongoing issues posed by the growing global population and increased meat consumption.
The Power of Education and Solutionary Thinking
Zoe passionately underscores the significance of education as the foundational system upon which all other societal systems depend. She introduces the concept of “solutionary thinking,” which equips individuals with the tools to effect positive change. Zoe shares three pivotal questions that guide individuals in their journey to becoming solutionaries.
Inspiring Hope and Action
Zoe has implemented many strategies to inspire hope and action, particularly among young people who may grapple with feelings of overwhelm and despair in the face of global challenges. Zoe encourages individuals to engage in meaningful actions and contribute to positive change, emphasizing that hope is a verb—one that requires active participation.
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Join the Solutionary Movement
Listeners are urged to become part of the solutionary movement. Zoe emphasizes the importance of taking action and focusing on the work at hand, even in moments of despair. Zoe’s message resounds with a call to empower individuals to make a positive difference in the world.
For those seeking more information about Zoe Weil and the Institute for Humane Education, they can visit the organization’s website at Humane Education. Visit https://humaneeducation.org/ for more information.
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• Most Good, Least Harm
• The World Becomes What We Teach
• Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy
• Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
• Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
• The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac
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About Zoe Weil
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), where she created the first graduate programs (M.Ed., M.A., Ed.D., Graduate Certificate) in comprehensive Humane Education linking human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection, offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University.
IHE also offers a Solutionary Micro-credential Program for teachers, a free Solutionary Guidebook for educators, How To Be A Solutionary guidebook for students and changemakers, Solutionary Workshops, and award-winning teacher resources to help educators and changemakers bring solutionary practices to students and communities so that together we can effectively solve local and global challenges.
Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at education and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed TEDx, The World Becomes What You Teach. She is the author of seven books including #1 Amazon best seller The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries; Nautilus silver medal winner Most Good, Least Harm, Moonbeam gold medal winner Claude and Medea, and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times.
Zoe was named one of Maine Magazine’s 50 independent leaders transforming their communities and the state and is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award. She was also a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series and received the Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award from the Nightingale-Bamford School. She holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.
About Kathleen Gage
Kathleen Gage is the founder and CEO of Vegan Visibility, a marketing and visibility consulting company dedicated to healthy living, compassion for the animals and kindness to the planet. As an ethical vegan, Kathleen is committed to doing all possible to shine the spotlight on those who align with the vegan mission and message.
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