How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

When you look up the word “open” in the dictionary, it is defined as “to allow access and a passage”. After being closed off from my native land for more than 20 years, going back to Burma (also known as Myanmar) with the Open Hands Initiative (OHI) and GlobalPost not only gave me the chance … Continue reading How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

It’s October 2011 in Cairo. The whole country is still going through the most tumultuous time in its recent history. A few months back a 30-year-ruling dictator was toppled by a popular revolt. And nothing remained the same afterwards. In the midst of all that, I was juggling multiple freelance video journalism assignments here and there. The … Continue reading America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

Creating a Globally Minded World

I’m 25 years old and have already lived in 4 different countries: India, the Philippines, Uganda, and now the United States. My parents and older brother have collectively lived in at least 10 countries. The reason for this, as my mom told me, was to instill an open-minded attitude to all cultures. My mom believes … Continue reading Creating a Globally Minded World

Our Open World Sweepstakes

In today’s media landscape, the news is at our finger tips. Just beyond the flat screens of our mobile devices, we can gaze into the 3D worlds of communities on the other side of the planet, oceans away, witnesses to the events that shape their lives. These advances in technology have given us the infrastructure … Continue reading Our Open World Sweepstakes

7 Ways to Discover and Connect Across Cultures

Summer’s in full swing! And what a great time to discover and connect to new cultures! Our “how-to” guide on enjoying an open summer will give you ideas on how to build common ground and increase understanding of people and cultures from around the world. Here are seven ways you can discover and connect across … Continue reading 7 Ways to Discover and Connect Across Cultures