For Whom the Nobel Tolls: The People of Granizal

In our first blog post in this Post-Conflict Colombia & Public Health project series, we shared our hopes for a brighter future in 2016. While the year has indeed been a tumultuous one, in some parts of the world there have been bright spots. Just weeks ago, the Colombian Congress approved a revised peace accord … Continue reading For Whom the Nobel Tolls: The People of Granizal

A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

A friend recently sent me a photo of a menu board in front of a London restaurant, but instead of a listing the daily specials, it read, “All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.” I’ve had my fair share of overseas friends share their disappointment and befuddlement with the American people and our recent … Continue reading A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

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

Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Fifty-five years ago this week, braving the cold winds of a winter’s January, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address imparting upon the American people words still true today: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure … Continue reading Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

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