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. This workshop is 90 minutes and is for Hands of Peace Alumni only.

Register here for the session on June 24 at 7:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM PT

Register here for the session on  July 14  at 7:30 PM I/P / 11:30 AM CT / 9:30 AM PT

Design Thinking 101 is an introduction to Pathways to Action: Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, a comprehensive skill-building program designed for Hands of Peace alumni to help you lead change. In-person sessions will be held in the United States and in the Middle East in  December. Pathways to Action is designed 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. 

If you have any questions, please email Hands of Peace Site Director Alicen Roberts: 









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, provided Hands of Peace alumni with a deeper understanding of the human nervous system. They mastered the skills needed to keep it in top condition in the face of toxic stress and everyday adversity. The three-part workshop helped alumni identify and access strengths for success and confidence.

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.