Important note: We understand skill-building workshops are what Hands of Peace alumni are interested in and we are excited to work with you on this program to help you continue to grow as a leader and a changemaker. As we promoted the Pathways to Action program and talked with alumni from all our delegations we heard that there is great interest in Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship. We also had many alumni tell us that this is not the right time, as people are still dealing with COVID and the uncertainty of school, jobs, etc. We want to offer the program at a time when the most people can participate and benefit from this opportunity. We are going to reschedule the workshops to take place this fall, which will also allow us the opportunity to explore getting you all together in person. We still want to give you a taste of Design Thinking and the information for our new one-day  workshop “Design Thinking 101” on April 3 is below. If you already registered for the original program  you will be automatically rolled over to this introductory session. Any fees you might have paid will be refunded. 


As Hands of Peace alumni, you are compassionate, courageous and curious. You have a deep desire to make a difference, and you have a passion for social change. But how do you do that? Where do you start? And what are the possibilities?  

Pathways to Action: Design Thinking 101 is a critical next step in your journey as an agent of change. This first introduction to some of the key concepts of design thinking will help you understand how to influence the issues you care about with the greatest impact. This single-day 90-minute workshop will unlock your potential to create effective and sustainable solutions by helping you understand human-centered design and the power of empathy.

Design Thinking 101 is designed for Hands of Peace alumni by Karen Henken, a professor at the Joan B. Kroc School School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Henken brings over 25 years of startup wisdom, global business development skills and her passion for social change to this introductory workshop. This workshop is 90 minutes and is for Hands of Peace Alumni only.

When: Saturday, April 3 at 7:00 PM I/P, 11:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM PDT



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How to be a Resilient Change Leader

February &  March 2021

Faced with a global pandemic, political unrest and social upheaval, life as a change leader has never been more critical – and stressful. How do you stop the world from wearing you down? Using the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), licensed therapist Jo-ann Rosen, MA, LMFT, will provide you with a deeper understanding of the human nervous system. You will master the skills you need to keep it in top condition in the face of toxic stress and everyday adversity. What you learn in this three-part workshop will help you identify and access your strengths for success and confidence and is relevant for any age group or culture. All sessions are two hours and start at 7:00 pm I/P / 11:00 am CST / 9:00 am PST. There is a suggested fee of $15 for the three sessions for those who have the ability to pay.

Session 1 on Saturday, February 20, 2021, will introduce the nervous system, and how the body-mind connection can bring a sense of wellbeing, creating a healthier nervous system and boosting its immunity.

Session 2 on Sunday, February 21, 2021, will continue to offer critical tools and move into a focus on how to re-regulate your nervous system when out of balance.

Session 3 on Saturday, March 6, 2021, will show you how to cope when you’re with others who are sad, angry and frustrated.

U.S. Alumni Seminar

December 19 – 21, 2020

The first U.S. Alumni Seminar, December 19-21, is now over. American alumni brought their hearts, minds, and souls to the virtual seminar – reuniting with old friends and meeting with other alumni to talk about building a better future in this time of social isolation and political polarization.  Listen to Josh, 2013 – 2014 and Max, 2009 – 2010 talk about the impact Hands of Peace has had on their lives during the Alumni Panel.


If you attended the U.S. Alumni Seminar, please tell us what you thought about the seminar with this survey.

If you have any questions, please email Hands of Peace Outreach Coordinator Maeve Plunkett: