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

Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Following the attacks in Paris late last year, Somali-British poet Warsan Shire’s poem, What they did yesterday afternoon, flooded the Internet in response. The poem read: later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does … Continue reading Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace