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Acclamined international speaker and author on Humane Education, Zoe Weil is touring Australia mid-February with her The World Becomes What You Teach speaking tour.


Zoe took some time out to answer a few of my questions:

Why are you giving a speaking tour in Australia?
I’ve been invited by Sentient World Productions and the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia to share a vision of humane education, solutionary thinking, and sustainable and humane living that can lay the groundwork for solving the world’s most pressing problems. It’s very exciting to bring my ideas to Australia. Although I live far away (in Maine in the U.S.A.), we have online courses and graduate programs and loads of free downloadable activities so that people in Australia who find themselves inspired and interested in learning more and becoming effective humane educators themselves will have the means to do so long after I leave.
What do you hope to achieve with your tour?
I hope that people attending my talks will leave with more knowledge, tools, and motivation to be solutionaries for a healthier, more just, and more compassionate world; that they will recognize their capacity to make a difference by doing the most good and least harm to people, animals and the environment, and that they will feel supported on a journey that is meaningful, exciting, and brings new and wonderful people into their lives.
What are two things you’re looking forward to doing when you’re in Australia?
I’m looking forward to meeting many great people and seeing the natural landscape and wildlife during my tour.
What are your future plans?
At the Institute for Humane Education, which I co-founded in 1996, we are working on two very exciting projects: opening the first humane education Solutionary School in New York City (that will be replicable so that similar schools open around the world), and launching  national Solutionary Congresses where high school students work in teams to solve real world problems, whether in their school, community, nation or world. These teams will present their solutions at congresses attended by social entrepreneurs, investors, legislators, and the media. We’ve just launched the first Ph.D. program in humane education in the U.S. so now we not only have several Master’s degree programs, we also have a doctoral program – all offered through online learning so Australians can enroll, too. People can find more information and resources at our website, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.
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About Zoe Weil:
Zoe Weil (pronounced “Zoh While”) is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement. Zoe created IHE’s M.Ed., M.A. and graduate certificate programs, as well as IHE’s acclaimed humane education and MOGO (most good) workshops and online courses.
Zoe is the author of six books, including the Nautilus Silver Medal–winner “Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life” (2009) and two books for young readers, including Moonbeam Gold Medal-winner “Claude and Medea” (2007). She has written numerous articles on humane education and humane living, and given interviews to such outlets as and numerous radio and television stations.
Zoe speaks regularly at universities, conferences and schools, and in communities across the United States and Canada and periodically overseas. She has also served as a consultant on humane education to people and organizations around the world, and serves on the board of directors of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART).
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