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Open Hands Brochure

Open Hands Brochure

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Open Hands Initiative brochure, including details about our mission, programs, founder, advisory board, and locations. For more information, visit www.openhandsinitiative.org.
Open Hands Initiative brochure, including details about our mission, programs, founder, advisory board, and locations. For more information, visit www.openhandsinitiative.org.

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Dedicated to improving people-to-people understanding byemphasizing our basic shared values and common humanity
How You Can Help
 The Open Hands Foundation is actively seekingpartners--individuals and organizations-- rom aroundthe world in order to advance our common goals.Please do not hesitate to contact us i you wish to ndout more about getting involved.
Contact us
info@openhandsinitiative.orgmedia@openhandsinitiative.orgOpen Hands Initiative592 Fifth Avenue, 6th FloorNew York, NY 10036telephone: 1 917 544 7260
 
Our Approach
 The Open Hands Initiative is not an aid organization, nor is it an organization that aims to etol the virtues o US values. Those are one way streets. Rather, in all o our activities we seek to understand the communities inwhich we enter, and help them understand us.We believe in “diplomacy” that is by and or ordinary people and that emphasizes dialogue and mutual respect. Thereore, our work takes place in the spheres o everyday lie—health, culture, education, and recreation—andstresses that each and every country has much to teach and learn rom one another.We take what is best about our societies and share them. In so doing, we enrich each other, deepen ourinterdependence and respect, and build a reservoir o goodwill that can withstand even the most undamentalpolicy dierences.
About the Open Hands Initiative
“We will extend a hand i you are willing to unclench your fst.” – President Barack Obama, Cairo 2009
 The Open Hands Initiative is a US-based 501(c)3 non-prot organization dedicated to improving people-to-peopleunderstanding and riendship throughout the world through echanges and other projects that emphasize ourbasic shared values and common humanity. The Initiative grew out o U.S. President Barack Obama’s amous pledge to etend open hands o riendship anddialogue to all people o the world. We take this pledge as our mission. Only through mutual understanding andopen communication can trust and goodwill be established.
Project Areas
Disability & AccessibilityCulture &CreativityHealth Care
Like many around the world, I have elt the newspirit o cooperation that President Barack Obamahas inspired. Through my personal involvementin international business, philanthropy and publicservice, I have seen rst-hand the re-invigoratedrole that diplomacy can and will play in restoring America’s image, conronting common threats,and securing peace and prosperity in the world.Most important to this renewed eort is torecognize that despite our diverse culturesand traditions across the globe, we all share acommon humanity with much to teach and learnrom each other. Rather than driving us urtherapart, the things that make us dierent can in actbring us closer together.I am now launching the Open Hands Initiative tohelp the private sector play its part in buildingunderstanding and goodwill between peoples o the world. The Initiative’s eorts will be dedicatedto addressing areas o peoples everyday lives-- rom health, to education, to culture. We willprovide a long-term, grassroots platorm toechange ideas, creativity and riendship in thesecritical areas. We know that there is no shortage o talent or amity in the world. What has been lackingis a stable, unctioning means to communicate.I am proud to lead this new eort to communicate. As Chairman o the Open Hands Initiative Idedicate mysel and this organization to a uture inwhich the misunderstandings that have led to warand confict in the past give way to a homegrownsolidarity between the people o the world.Sincerely,Jay T. Snyder
Chairman’sMessage
 
Who We Are
 The Open Hands Initiative was established in November 2009 by Jay T. Snyder, an American businessman,philanthropist, and public servant. Our Advisory Board consists o internationally renowned eperts in the elds o public diplomacy, private philanthropy, and international cultures.
Founder & Chairman
Jay T. Snyder serves as Founder and Chairman o the Board o Directors o The Open Hands Initiative.Mr. Snyder has been active in community service and as a public servant or a number o years, includingserving on the Bookings’ Saban Center & Council on Foreign Relations Middle East Project, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and as a United States Representative to the United NationsGeneral Assembly. In addition to his philanthropic and public service work, Mr. Snyder also currentlyworks in private equity investments as a principal o HBJ Investments LLC.
 Advisory Board
 To help support and guide our mission successully, we have established an Advisory Board consisting o internationally renowned eperts in the elds o public diplomacy, private philanthropy, health, disability,education, business, and international cultures. The Open Hands Initiative will be urther epanding our Advisory Board membership in 2010.
 Tina BrownFounder and editor-in-chie o The Daily Beast, Tina Brown is the author o the 2007 New York Times best seller The Diana Chronicles. Brown is the ormer editor o Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk magazines and host o CNBC’s Topic A with Tina Brown.Mike HoltzmanNamed “PR Person o the Year” by PR Week Magazine, Michael Holtzman is a publicdiplomacy strategist and currently a partner at the international strategic communications rmBrown Lloyd James. Mr. Holtzman has led the rm’s work to engage and infuence high-level and grassroots relationships between the US and China, the Middle East, Russia, North Arica and other areas o strategic importance. Ambassador Martin S. IndykCurrently Vice President and Director o Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, MartinIndyk is a ormer Ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary o State or Near East Aairsduring the Clinton administration. He currently ocuses on the Clinton administration’sdiplomacy and the Arab-Israeli confict. Ambassador Mitchell B. ReissPresident o Washington College and a senior associate o the CSIS International SecurityProgram, Ambassador Reiss is a leading epert on American oreign policy and internationallyrecognized or his negotiating skills during the Northern Ireland peace process and the NorthKorean nuclear crisis. Ambassador Patrick Theros Ambassador Theros served as US Ambassador to Qatar rom 1995 until his retirement romthe US Foreign Service in 1998. Theros joined the US Foreign Service in 1963 and helddiplomatic posts throughout the Middle East, including in Jordan, Abu Dhabi, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. He previously served as Deputy Coordinator or Counterterrorism,responsible or the coordination o all U.S. Government counterterrorism activities outside theUnited States.
Culture & Creativity
Some o the world’s greatest cultural works- rom art, tomusic, to literature- come rom the developing world. These cultural products are important not just or theirbeauty, but also or what they say about the valuesand history o the people who produce them. Weprovide tools or introducing these treasures towestern audiences, and encourage the power o epression and dialogue through art.We work to translate, distribute, and promote in thewest the works o the developing world’s authorsand poets, while supporting local literacy andeducational programs. We also help acilitate theproduction, distribution, and echange o local artand music while simultaneously providing jobs andincome to independent local artists and entertainers.
Health Care
We send teams o eperienced American physicians to other countries to help build capacity or local doctorsthrough knowledge sharing and improving local health care practices. Our aim is to establish long-term,sustainable, and equal partnerships or the mutual benet o all.We connect American physicians with local hospitals, medical universities, and NGO’s to identiy key healthand medical issues in each community. We then acilitate the echange o on-the-ground medical support andeducation through best practice sharing, cooperative treatment, and providing key medical supplies.Mechanisms or year-round dialogue between American and local partners are let behind to urther strengthen therelationships ormed.
Disability & Accessibility
Children are the uture o any nation. We work closely withcommunities, schools, local NGO’s, and amilies to promotethe rights o children with disabilities as equal members o society.We build handicapped accessible playgrounds and inviteparents and educators to share their eperiences andepertise with the international community.We also partner with American disability organizations tomeet with communities around the world and share theireperiences in promoting health, adapted sports, and socialinclusion or the disabled.

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