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Stressed About the World? Start Thinking Like A Solutionary with Zoe Weil (Episode #187)

Zoe Weil is an innovator, educator, and the driving force behind a revolutionary approach to creating positive change in the world. Her latest book, The Solutionary Way, is not just a good read, it’s a roadmap to transforming—as individuals and communities—for the better.



About Our Guest:

Have you ever felt like you wanted to make a difference, but didn’t know where to start? Perhaps you regularly see a problem in your neighborhood or community, and say to yourself, “Someone should do something about that!” 

Well, Zoe Weil has the answer to the problem of knowing what to do next! In her groundbreaking new book, she introduces us to the concept of “solutionaries” – ordinary people like you and me, who have the power to create extraordinary change in the world, all while also living lives of great purpose and joy.

You might be wondering, what exactly is a “solutionary?” Think of it as a superhero for the real world. Solutionaries are everyday people who see problems as opportunities, and take action to make things better. Whether it’s cleaning up the neighborhood, volunteering for a local committee, raising funds for a new animal shelter, tackling social injustice, protecting the environment, or spreading kindness, solutionaries are the ones leading the charge for positive change.

In The Solutionary Way, Zoe Weil unpacks the principles and mindset that empower individuals to become solutionaries. One key concept she emphasizes is the idea of solutionary thinking: the ability to approach challenges with creativity, empathy, and a commitment to finding sustainable solutions. Instead of feeling overwhelmed or defeated by problems, solutionaries see them as opportunities for growth and innovation.

Another important concept Zoe explores is the intersectionality of all issues. She argues that problems like poverty, environmental degradation, and animal cruelty are not isolated issues, but are deeply interconnected. By understanding these connections, solutionaries can address root causes rather than just treating symptoms, leading to more effective and lasting solutions.

Zoe Weil’s work goes beyond just writing books, too In her previous book, The World Becomes What We Teach, she delves into the transformative power of education. She believes that education should do more than just impart knowledge—it should empower young people to become compassionate, critical thinkers who are equipped to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

To bring this vision to life, Zoe founded the Institute for Humane Education, an organization dedicated to revolutionizing education, to create a more compassionate, just, and sustainable world. Through workshops, curriculum development, and teacher training programs, the Institute for Humane Education is reshaping education to nurture solutionaries from a young age.

Imagine a world where every child grows up believing they have the power to make a difference. That’s the world Zoe Weil is working to create—one where solutionaries abound, armed with the knowledge, skills, and passion to build a brighter future for all.

So, how can you become a solutionary? It starts with a shift in mindset. Instead of seeing yourself as powerless in the face of daunting challenges, recognize the power you have to create change, no matter how small your actions may seem. Educate yourself on the issues that matter to you, get involved in your community, and never underestimate the impact of your voice and actions.

The Solutionary Way is more than just a book—it’s a call to action. It’s an invitation to join a movement of solutionaries around the world who are committed to building a more just, compassionate, and sustainable future. Will you answer the call?

References Mentioned:


  • 00:00 – Intro & Welcome
  • 03:09 – The Definition of Solutionary
  • 07:23 – The Solutionary Way
  • 18:35 – Be a Campfire, Not a Forestfire
  • 22:53 – Break
  • 25:09 – 4 Rules for Being a Solutionary
  • 37:09 – 3 Questions to Ask When Becoming a Solutionary
  • 48:58 – Bad and Better at the Same Time
  • 56:20 – Institute for Humane Education
  • 57:00 – The Solutionary Way and Mental Health
  • 58:49 – What Needs to Happen Next?
  • 1:00:47 – Closing

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