Rules & Guidelines

Our GOALS are more important than our rules:

We are dedicated to creating a more humane world, so certain principles guide us and affect our actions in all of our life contexts. Humane education not only instills the desire and capacity to live with compassion, integrity, and wisdom, but also provides the knowledge and tools to put our values into action in meaningful, far-reaching ways.
Humane education includes 4 elements, that also serve as guiding goals for the Congress:

  1.     Providing accurate information (so we have the knowledge to face challenges);
  2.     Fostering IHE’s 3C’s:  curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking (so we have the tools to meet challenges);
  3.     Instilling IHE’s 3R’s: reverence, respect, and responsibility (so we have the motivation to confront challenges);
  4.     Offering positive choices and tools for problem solving (so we will be able to solve challenges).

Humane education may well be the most revolutionary and effective effort that we as a society can undertake to create a peaceful and just world.  Inherent with the four goals above are some practical rules:

  •     Solutionaries’ work must use accurate data and must stand by the truth at all times.
  •     Solutionaries will show respect for others’ work.
  •     Solutionaries will demonstrate reverence for the world around them, including people, animals and the environment when conducting research and creating/sharing their presentations.
  •     Solutionaries will be positive and show optimism in their communities.

Other Rules:

  1.  Teams may be composed of 2-6 individuals. If you have many students who would like to come and compete, please send more than one team, or hold a school-wide competition to narrow your teams to one or two.
  2.  Presentations will last no longer than 15 minutes. They may be made using any technique or presentational method each solutionary team decides will be most effective, including, but not limited to:
    1.         PowerPoint or Prezi presentations (IHE will provide some means of projection, but teams will be responsible for bringing any laptop computers with associated cables and hardware.)
    1.         Speeches
    2.         Dramatizations
    3.         Film or video
    4.         Interviews
    5.         Guest appearances
    6.         Works of art, including visual art, drama, dance, music, etc.
  3.     Solutionaries are responsible for connecting their own equipment and making any necessary technical preparations for their presentations.
  4.     After 15 minutes of presentation, there will be a 15 minute Question & Answer Period where judges and audience members probe further.
  5.     Presentations may be accompanied by no more than 12 pages of supplementary materials. (Humane solutionaries print on recycled paper and use other means of promoting humane living in their publications, by the way).
  6.     Presentations MUST be accompanied by the following:
    • A clear and concise statement of the problem (100 words or less) that will be addressed through the project–from the following categories:
      • Education Issues
      • Environmental Ethics
      • Animal Protection Issues
      • Culture and Change Issues
      • Human Rights Issues
    • A clear and concise (500 words or less) statement of how the problem will be addressed through humane intervention
    • A project description
    • A timeline for implementation
    • A budget, showing both expenditures and revenue sources
    • A list and/or discussion of necessary partners, sponsors, and other organizations, people or entities that must be involved for the project to be successful
    • A list of names of the Solutionary Team participants
    • The coach, school, school district and state of the Solutionary Team with contact information
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