Co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education, Zoe Weil has been a pioneer in the humane education movement – an educational approach which works to create a peaceful, healthy and just world for all people, animals, and the environment. She has taught tens of thousands of people of all ages about humane and compassionate living, and her Institute trains people to be effective, inspiring humane educators through its Master of Education and Humane Education Certificate programs.
Weil is the author of The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries (2016) as well as of earlier books, Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times, The Power and Promise of Humane Education, and the Nautilus Silver Medal winner Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. Most Good, Least Harm explores how to make better choices as consumers as well as direct ways to become involved with the community.
She has also written two books for young people, Moonbeam Gold Medal winner Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs, about 12-year-old activists inspired by their teacher to right wrongs where they find them, and So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals.
Weil has served as a consultant on humane education to people and organizations around the world (including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, France, England, Canada, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, and Japan), and has served on the boards of the Heroic Imagination Project and HEART. She created her Institute’s online M.Ed., M.A., and graduate certificate programs as well as its acclaimed workshops and courses, and earlier earned both a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Weil speaks regularly at conferences, universities, and schools across North America and around the world. She is a frequent keynote speaker, including at international teachers’ conferences in China and Mexico. In 2010, Weil gave her first TEDx talk, The World Becomes What You Teach, which became one of the 50 top-rated TEDx talks.
She speaks on environmental education, green parenting, green lifestyles and consumer choices, animal protection, ethics and sustainability, and activism and civic engagement. In addition, Weil also offers a humorous and entertaining one-woman show entitled “My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl,” bringing humane issues to communities through entertainment.
Videos of presentations and interviews, speaking testimonials, audio programs, a book excerpt and information about her books are all available here. To explore engaging Zoe Weil as a speaker, contact her here. For the most up-to-date information about Zoe, visit her website here.
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