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

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

Building Bridges and Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship

Open Hands Initiative, in partnership with the Angel Resource Institute’s Women First Enterprise, has selected twenty of the brightest and most driven Jordanian and American female founders to participate in its “Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs.” The Fellowship, to take place in Amman, Jordan from October 16-24, is the first of its kind – a program … Continue reading Building Bridges and Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship

Music Exchange in Syria, Facilitated by The Open Hands Initiative

In 2010, the Open Hands Initiative facilitated a music exchange in Syria. Brian Unger, an American music producer, collaborated with local Syrian musicians, creating over 10 songs that are now available for your enjoyment. This exchange was meant to expose the beautiful sounds of Syrian culture to the Western world as well as boost the local … Continue reading Music Exchange in Syria, Facilitated by The Open Hands Initiative

Eid Al-Adha Mubarak from Open Hands Initiative

عيد مبارك من مبادرة الأيدي المفتوحة عيد مبارك من مبادرة الأيدي المفتوحة! ونتمنى لأصدقائنا من مختلف أنحاء العالم احتفال سعيد بعيد الأضحى المبارك! November 16 marks Eid Al-Adha (literally “Festival of Sacrifice”), an important Muslim holiday that falls after the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Open Hands wishes our friends from around the … Continue reading Eid Al-Adha Mubarak from Open Hands Initiative