Educational Institutions


The World Becomes What We Teach

aka IHE

Surry, ME


The mission of the Institute for Humane Education is to educate people to create a world where all humans, animals, and nature may thrive.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We believe the world becomes what we teach, and that we must educate a generation of solutionaries prepared and motivated to address and solve the challenges we face in the world.

Ruling Year



Zoe Weil

Main Address

P.O. Box 260

Surry, ME 04684 USA


animal, environment, human rights, social justice, education, progressive, tolerance, sustainability





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) seeks to solve interconnected problems related to social justice, environmental ethics, and animal protection. We do this by addressing a fundamental system that impacts all other systems: education. We work to ensure that people are educated to be solutionaries who are able to bring critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking to bear on local and global challenges, and who are motivated by compassion and justice to do so. By preparing educators to teach students how to be solutionaries, able to uncover and solve systemic problems, we pave the way for the unfolding of a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. By bringing solutionary thinking and action to schools and communities, we set the stage for positive change.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Institute for Humane Education

Graduate Programs

Center for Solutionary Change

Resource Center

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We seek to educate a #SolutionaryGeneration ready and able to solve challenges rather than debate or argue about them. We do this through the following: • Our unique graduate programs (M.Ed., M.A., Graduate Certificate, Ed.D.) offered through an affiliation with Antioch University. These graduate programs prepare educators, activists, and changemakers to teach about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental ethics, and animal protection and enable others to be solutionaries for a more just and healthy world. • Our Center for Solutionary Change - a hub of learning, professional development, and resources from our award-winning online resource center offers tools, inspiration, books, films, and a free, digital Solutionary Guidebook (available by Oct. 31, 2019) to enable anyone, anywhere, to bring a clear and powerful process to others so that together we can bring solutionary thinking and action to bear on local and global challenges. • Provide high impact outreach: keynotes, workshops, articles, books to spread solutionary thinking and action as far as possible. • Curate a Solutionary YouTube Channel to highlight student solutions to problems (launching 2020)

We seek to reach the greatest number of people with the easiest pathways to achieving our goals. 1. Graduate programs are online so that we can prepare educators from around the world 2. Center for Solutionary Change offers hundreds of free resources and a FREE, digital Solutionary Guidebook - again so that anyone, anywhere can use these proven strategies to bring solutionary thinking and action to bear on problems. 3. Building and curating a Solutionary YouTube Channel to showcase student solutionary work, rather than require in-person events that limit the reach. 4. Partner with schools, districts, and counties. Currently, we are working with San Mateo County, CA (between San Francisco and Palo Alto), which is using our Solutionary approach as the philosophy and framework for their entire county serving 23 school districts and 113,000 children. The Office of Education is using IHE president, Zoe Weil's book "The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries" as the test, and will soon be sharing our free Solutionary Guidebook with their teachers. They are bringing us in to work with curriculum and instructional deveopers, administrators, and teachers, and are holding a Solutionary Fair to showcase student work (March 15, 2020). They have deeply trained 130 teachers who have developed Solutionary Units for their classrooms and are delivering them to students. We are assessing these in order to demonstrate and then spread this kind of education. We are also working with many other teachers, schools, and Oceanside School District on Long Island, NY as well. 5. IHE's president writes books, articles, keynotes conferences, leads workshops, and blogs for Psychology Today, and reaches hundreds of thousands through her personal outreach,.

1. IHE's President is considered =the global leader in comprehensive humane education. She is a prolific writer and sought-after speaker. Her first (of six) TEDx talks became among the 50 most popular one year after its upload. She keynotes conferences across the U.S. and overseas. 2. IHE's graduate programs are unique in the world and its faculty is superb and represent leaders in their respective fields. 3. IHE is the world leader in holistic humane education connecting human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. Our graduates (of our Master's degree and PhD programs, our online courses, our workshops) have brought humane education to schools, communities, and countries across the globe. Our work has launched many non-profits and placed humane education leaders in many others. 4. IHE has a dedicated and excellent volunteer board; many long term major donors; and a growing community of alumni. 5. IHE's revenue comes from a combination of donations, grants, and program revenue making us a stable organization since our founding in 1996.

The following indicators will enable us to assess progress: • More teachers using our Solutionary Guidebook and other downloadable resources in classrooms and communities (demonstrated by numbers of downloads and follow-up). • More students learning how to be solutionaries and doing solutionary work that can be assessed for effectiveness (demonstrated by Solutionary Fairs, submissions to the Solutionary YouTube Channel, and assessment studies) • More people enrolling in our graduate programs (demonstrated by increased numbers of students over time) • More keynote opportunities to reach more people (demonstrated by increasing invitations). • More views of TEDx talks and more books sold spreading the concepts and solutionary practices (demonstrated by analytics) • Completed research study in San Mateo County (to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation and student solutionary thinking and action). • Solutionary becoming a household word (demonstrated by more solutionary hashtags, more times that solutionary appears on the Internet) • Solutionary solutions spreading and the concept of doing the most good and least harm to people, animals, and the environment taking root as indicative of truly solutionary thinking and action (demonstrated by student solutions that take all stakeholders into consideration when devising answers to problems)

IHE has accomplished the following: • Created the first graduate programs in comprehensive humane education in the U.S. offered online. • Created acclaimed humane education workshops. • Brought the concept of educating a #SolutionaryGeneration to the world. • Graduated hundreds of people from our graduate programs and online courses who have gone on to bring humane education to classrooms, communities, businesses, the arts, and founding and/or leading non-profit education programs. • Reached hundreds of thousands through our free online resources at our award-winning resource center. • Reached hundreds of thousands through our president's TEDx talks. • Reached tens of thousands through keynote addresses at education and other conferences. • Created a field of study - comprehensive humane education - and the books and thinking to accompany it. • Inspired and prepared a county, districts, and many schools and teachers to bring humane education and solutionary practices to thousands of students. What lies ahead is not simply more of this, but a tipping point in which solutionary practices are deeply embedded in educational systems, preparing students to solve the challenges we face in the world. Moreover, our world helps activists and changemakers to be systems-thinkers and more strategic as they understand the needs of all stakeholders and build bridges for successful collaboration and true solutionary thinking rather than perpetual side-taking.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We shifted away from an online course platform for our Solutionary training of teachers to create a free, digital Solutionary Guidebook and Solutionary Workshop to better serve our constituency and increase the numbers of teachers (and therefore students) reached.

External Reviews


Americans Who Tell the Truth 2012

Affiliations & Memberships

Social Psychology Network 2009



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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 10/01/2019

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.