You're Invited to IHE's Crystal Ball on July 2

On July 2, the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) will be hosting a celebratory Crystal Ball in honor of our 15th anniversary (you can purchase tickets here). Fifteen years ago, we had a vision of a school through which people could learn about and then teach about the most important issues of our time. We imagined a center in a beautiful setting where people could gather to become humane educators themselves and to experience humane education classes and workshops to more deeply align their life choices with their own values. We also knew that we wanted our reach to extend far beyond our rural neighborhood in coastal Maine, so we created online courses and programs, launching the first Humane Education Certificate Program and the first Master of Education program in humane education in the United States. We also brought our acclaimed workshops to communities across the U.S. and Canada.

Fifteen years later, we have launched a new affiliation with Valparaiso University and added four additional graduate degrees to our humane education training programs. We’ve developed new and exciting online courses that people can take no matter where they live. Our reach has expanded dramatically, and we have students from around the globe. And as we envision the next 15 years we can see humane education growing tremendously to reach people of all ages in all settings. And together all these students of humane education will have the tools and knowledge and motivation to solve the pressing challenges we face.

On July 2, we’ll be celebrating where we’ve been and envisioning the future we’re trying to create: a more humane, peaceful, just, and healthy future for all people, all species, and the environment. Toward that end, students in schools across the country have been creating their own “crystal balls,” decorating them with images and words that depict the future they hope for. Many of these artistic renderings of their greatest hopes will be on display on July 2, where we’ll gather from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at our beautiful facility in Surry, Maine, to enjoy the music of concert and ragtime pianist Masanobu Ikemiya, partake of yummy desserts, hear stories from IHE alumni and leaders in humane education, participate in a silent auction, experience a taste of humane education, celebrate, learn, and have a great time. We hope you can come, and if you are unable to attend, we hope you’ll support our work, because our celebration is also a fundraiser to advance humane education.

Please share this invitation widely (you can download a copy here to share). We hope to celebrate with many of you who are also working to create a humane and restorative world!

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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