Vincie Ho is the co-founder of Mini Acts for the Greater Good (MAGG) and the creator of the sustainable travel card game Paths Crossing. She is also an advisor to the Humane Education Coalition and the co-lead for Impact Travel Alliance Hong Kong Chapter. She is “passionate about all issues related to social justice, animal protection, environmental sustainability, and travel ethics.”
Vincie is currently enrolled in Institute for Humane Education (IHE)’s Graduate Certificate in Humane Education program. She has a Ph.D. in linguistics and worked as a university French teacher for more than 10 years prior to relocating to the US in 2014.
We asked Vincie to share about her work for a better world.
IHE: What led you to the path of humane education?
VH: I had not heard of humane education as an established academic discipline before I moved to the US. When my friend (who later became MAGG’s other co-founder) and I brainstormed about which social cause we’d like our future organization to focus on, we had a hard time deciding what to prioritize, since we found all social causes important and interconnected, and it was impossible to just single out one cause to concentrate our energy and resources on while neglecting other causes.
We both agreed that “compassion education” is the key to addressing the root causes of the most pressing issues the world is facing, so we put all our efforts in promoting the cultivation of compassion in the schools in Hong Kong. While researching resources on teaching compassion, I stumbled across IHE’s website and started to read more about humane education.
It turned out to be exactly what we’d been doing, but with a lot more structure, depth, and substance. I then took one of IHE’s online courses, which inspired me to pursue studies in humane education at the graduate level.
IHE: What inspired you to create a travel card game focused on travel ethics and sustainability (and the MOGO principle)?
VH: We as travelers, often more unknowingly than not, have a profound impact on the cultures, economies, animals, and environments of the places we visit. As a freque