EP 69 - Solving The World's Problems Through Education
Feat. guest Zoe Weil, Co-founder of the Institute for Humanity
This interview is part of the series of research interviews on the education crisis and how we can solve it. If you want to hear the other experts, please see our education thesis.
Zoe Weil has spent decades helping to create a peaceful, healthy, and just world for all people, animals, and the environment through humane education. She personally taught thousands of students about the problems we face and the solutions we can create.
The problem was, she was only but one of a few people teaching young people about these issues and she knew in order to solve global, systemic problems, it was going to take a movement at a larger scale.
So she co-founded the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) to train other people to be humane educators and to advance this important work.
Since 1996, the IHE has created a movement that has the potential to solve every problem we face and create a restored, healthy, and humane world for all.
At the core of this movement is help educators to create Solutionaries - someone identifies inhumane, unsustainable, and unjust systems and then develops solutions to transform them so that they are restorative, healthy, and equitable for people, animals, and the environment.
In this episode of the Evolve Podcast, Zoe Weil is going to help us learn about the problems that plague our education system and her solution for creating Solutionaries who apply what they learn in the classroom to solve problems in their community and world.
What You Will Learn In This Episode
Why we must educate students to solve the worlds most pressing problems
How to change the education system at scale
How an entire county of 23 schools districts is creating 113,000 Solutionaries
How to face extremely difficult challenges like solving the education crisis
Step by step how to identify the root of a problem and begin creating a solution
and much more...
Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/69
Connect With Zoe Weil:
(00:00) - Introduction
(01:38) - Zoe's Mission with the Institute for Humane Education
(01:59) - Why our current education system's goal is insufficient
(05:03) - How an educator in San Mateo county experiences these problems
(07:58) - Why education is the root of all other systems
(11:11) - What's at stake if we don't fix education
(14:28) - What is a Solutionary
(17:05) - Step by step of how to think like a Solutionary
(24:11) - Why San Mateo County implemented this philosophy
(29:18) - How to implement a Solutionary curriculum
(33:11) - The results of implementing this curriculum in San Mateo County
(37:35) - Is it right to expose kids to global issues
(44:19) - The pushback educators experience when implementing curriculum
(50:27) - What is a Solutionary Fair
(52:55) - How effective is this solution at solving the education crisis
(57:03) - How Zoe started the Institute for Humane Education
(1:01:10) - How to change education at scale
(1:03:41) - How to face extremely tough challenges
(1:10:44) - Call to Action
(1:11:37) - How to push the world to evolve