Collaborative Reporting Fellowships Create Opportunity and Understanding at a Challenging Time for Media

Kevin D. Grant, Co-founder and managing editor of The GroundTruth Project shares his thoughts on the future of reporting and how collaborative cross-cultural media programs, such those developed by the Open Hands Initiative and the GroundTruth Project, lead to excellent journalism and cultivate lasting international friendship.

How I Came to Love the Hijab

Heads turn as she walks into the dry cleaning store and makes her way to the end of the line, her face impassive. Black, gauzy fabric outlines her face, mirroring black eyeliner surrounding defiant eyes. Whispers start down the line. A child openly stares at her until his mother pulls him closer, breaking his gaze. … Continue reading How I Came to Love the Hijab

Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

The United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. In 2009, when the Open Hands Initiative was founded, we wanted to create innovative platforms for ordinary citizens from across the … Continue reading Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

An Interview with Advisory Board Member Barbara P. Bush

We are pleased to welcome Barbara Pierce Bush, the CEO and co-founder of the Global Health Corps (GHC), a global leadership development organization focused on health equity, to Open Hands Initiative’s (OHI) Advisory Board.  Through GHC, Barbara has built a global community of nearly 600 young leaders, representing 30 countries and a wide range of expertise, … Continue reading An Interview with Advisory Board Member Barbara P. Bush

Beyond Bootcamp: Women Founders Achieve Startup Success

Last October, we helped amplify the impact of 20 young female entrepreneurs from Jordan and the U.S. through our Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs. The program encompassed entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and a pitch competition with more than $150,000 in prizes. Six months later, our fellows have gone on to scale their businesses, launch or iterate new … Continue reading Beyond Bootcamp: Women Founders Achieve Startup Success