We founded the Open Hands Initiative in 2009. We were inspired to begin a new conversation between the people of the United States and the Middle East, hoping to make a small difference in encouraging cooperation across cultural and political boundaries.
Through our personal involvement in international business, philanthropy, and public service, we know how important the role of diplomacy is in building consensus, confronting common threats, and securing peace and prosperity in the world.We recognize that despite our diverse cultures and traditions across the globe, we all share a common humanity with much to teach and learn from each other. Rather than driving us further apart, the things that make us different can in fact bring us closer together and inspire innovation and camaraderie.
We launched the Open Hands Initiative to help the private sector play its part in building understanding and goodwill between peoples of the world. Today, the work we do at Open Hands Initiative is more important than ever. Our efforts are dedicated to addressing areas that affect people's everyday lives--from health to education, culture, media, business, and more. We strive to provide a long-term, grassroots platform to exchange ideas, inspire creativity, and build friendships in these critical areas.
We know that there is no shortage of talent or amity in the world. What we need are more meaningful opportunities to cooperate and share these things with one other. I am proud to lead this effort to communicate and collaborate across borders. As Chairman of the Open Hands Initiative, I dedicate myself and this organization to a future in which the misunderstandings that have led to war and conflict in the past give way to a homegrown solidarity between the people of the world.
We actively seek partners — individuals and organizations — from around the world in order to advance our common goals. Please contact us by mail, phone or email to find out more about getting involved.
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