How anyone can become a solutionary for systemic change

Many people feel desperate about the state of the world today. It’s no wonder because the number of negative news we hear is endless – biodiversity loss, resource depletion, increasing inequality, wars, and so on. The more informed we are, the more helpless we feel, thinking, “How can I make a difference?”

It turns out that all of us can make a difference if we take a solutionary approach to our work. No matter what you do – a biologist, a teacher, a gardener – you can tackle big issues and change your field so it is more just, humane and sustainable.

In this episode, Zoe Weil, the co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education, explains: 

  • Why it’s important to cultivate the culture of service in our communities
  • What can local organizations do to involve young people
  • Why it’s more important to change the system rather than individuals within it
  • How you can solve pressing global issues locally
  • How you can find a meaningful career by answering only three questions
  • What a solutionary is and how you can become one yourself

You can listen to the podcast on all major platforms, including Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher.

Nature Solutionaries features work of many environmental solutionaries. Just browse through previous episodes here to find inspiring stories of people who are changing the world around us.


Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education and author of seven books and multiple TEDx talks. Zoe speaks at universities, conferences, and schools globally about how our education should go far beyond just having good grades and a diploma. She’s convinced that in today’s world with so many pressing global problems, we should give people the knowledge, tools and motivation to become change-makers for a healthy and humane world for all.