Sanford "Sandy" Hinden

Sandy Hinden provides research, development and training as a speaker, workshop leader and coach in personal development, interpersonal relations and sustainable development.  He has done this in the areas of program, community and global development for peace, the environment, culture, health, education and human services.  He developed programs for marketing, audience building, public relations, membership, customer service and training.  He wrote 7 Keys to Love – Opening Love’s Door to Joy & Wellbeing.  Starting with a BA in psychology, his work evolved through sociology, economics, international relations and global education.  Today, his contribution to the world is using psychology and communication training to further movements for political, economic, social and environmental justice.  He clearly sees to survive we must accelerate the evolution of consciousness, compassion, collaboration, co-intelligence and co-creativity of the human species.  He has helped develop creative projects and programs to help people, families, communities and the world, locally, nationally and globally.   

  • Staff, Planetary Citizens, a UN affiliated NGO (1979-2000)    
  • Founder, Universal Children's Gardens, a UN affiliated NGO (1979-1985)     
  • Initiated the Concert for the Earth with Paul Winter, United Nations Environment Program (1985)               
  • Staff, NYC Parks & Recreation (1985-1990)        
  • Founder, Metropolitan Peace Museum project for NYC (1995-1998)
  • Program Director, Suffolk Community Council (1998-2000)   
  • UN Affiliation of the International Network of Peace Museums (2000)                  
  • Fundraiser, Three Village Boys & Girls Club and Central Suffolk Hospital (2000-2002)      
  • Executive Director, Dix Hills Performing Arts Center (2002-2014)
  • Founder, President, Long Island Men's Center (2005-2010)       
  • Author, 7 Keys to Love (2009)                   
  • Workshop Presenter, Life Skills for Effective Living and Briefings for a Better World (2014-Present)
  • Founder, Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity (2015-Present)  
  • Founder, Facilitator, Saturday Night Conversation Club (2016-Present)   
  • Founder, Facilitator, Quarterly Wisdom Circle (2018-Present)   
  • Writer, Conscious Planet News (2019)  
  • Group Facilitator, Planetary Civilization Council (2019)
  • Developer, The Earth Solutions Project (2019-present)


My work is informed by extensive studies and experiences with: 

  • Psychology
  • Human Relations  Group Facilitation 
  • Compassionate Communication 
  • Couples Communication
  • Co-Counseling
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Release Work
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Effective Customer Service
  • Community Organizing & Development
  • Negotiations
  • Global Systems Change  


What People Have Said


"My friend Sanford Hinden should be elected President of the Globe. "

~ Tatiana Kesrouani

TKDesign, Lebanon

"The whole world, including Lake Victoria region in Kenya, Africa, is yearning for PEACE. We appreciate your concern to create and work for that peace in this region, and the whole world. This really shows your regard for humanity. Your ability to develop ideas from paper to ACTION is unattainable by many people and cannot be equaled."

~ Solomon Owiti, Chairman

Lake Victoria Peace Center

"Sandy Hinden is a very exceptional human being entirely devoted to a better, ideal world.  I have known him for more than 30 years.  He constantly inspired me for my work and efforts at the United Nations.  He had ceaseless great ideas.  He encouraged me to not give up, even collected the epithets given to me over the years by various people and institutions. He would be precious capital for philanthropic organizations and for a major newspaper.  I would be so happy see him in charge of a major newspaper section on good news and happiness for the people.  He would be very precious for a major philanthropic organization, especially one dealing internationally, like the Rockefeller Foundation.  I would support his candidacy with the highest terms."

~ Dr. Robert Muller (1923-2010)

Former UN Assistant Secretary General

Cofounder, UN University for Peace, Costa Rica

"In my work as a global public relations consultant, working closely with business, nonprofit organizations, governments  and the United Nations, I can say that no one on this planet is more efficient or works harder than Sandy Hinden, for his causes and his clients. Whoever has him on their team is indeed fortunate as he will create and inspire miracles for their dream and cause."

~ Barbara Gaughen-Muller, President

UNA-USA, Santa Barbara

"I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is that Sanford Hinden brings to a project that moves it so quickly from a banal exercise, into a valid contribution to a better world.      

     On a number of United Nations projects we have made a point of calling upon him to help focus and provide a grass roots thrust, particularly on projects that relate to young people and living organisms such as plants and trees.  His uncluttered vision has contributed significantly to the success of such projects as World Environment Day 1983 and the International Youth Year project in 1985.

     More importantly, his organization of a programme for Universal Children's Gardens incorporating the international "For Every Child a Tree" poster has proven sufficiently persuasive that the original art work is to be donated by the United Nations Environment Programme in support of his project.

     Although a personal reaction, and an instinctive one, I feel that Mr. Hinden is a person to be trusted for he has shown discretion and reliability even under extreme pressure."

~ Mairuth Sarsfield, Senior Information Officer
United Nations Environment Program

"Sandy Hinden is a visionary in this time of cynicism, a creator in times of apathy, and persistent amidst times of great change."

~ Lesley Vann

United Nations Association, USA


"Thank you for being an integral, indispensable and vital part of the process of helping all of us explore the dynamics of positive change to improve our quality of life, our quality of being, our value to ourselves and others, and most importantly our value to the world!"

~ Joyce Schneider, Community Outreach Coordinator

Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation

"I would like to recommend Mr. Sanford Hinden, a hardworking, dedicated, and enthusiastic worker in the cause of world peace as well as local community building. I have greatly appreciated his several (on-going) contributions to strengthening the work and impact of the International Network of Museums for Peace. It was wholly owing to his efforts the Network was accepted as a NGO affiliated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations in New York; the network is pleased to have Mr. Hinden serve as its New York representative and correspondent. He has recently proposed an exceptionally rich and well thought-out communication development plan for linking Peace Museums by e-mail, websites, and Peace Television. In sum, I would like to recommend Mr. Sanford Hinden to you as an experienced and talented worker for peace."  

~ Dr. Peter van den Dungen,  Founder & Director
International Network of Museums for Peace

"Sanford Hinden is a peacemaker. When he first heard about the Pentagon Meditation Club, Sandy saw an opportunity and a need to work on an international transformation  project for the Club.  Coming forward voluntarily with the outstretched hand of a peacemaker, he demonstrated remarkable commitment and enthusiasm, joyfully spreading information about the Pentagon Meditation Club and ideas for peacemaking. 

     Sandy Hinden personifies a vision of the peacemakers sculpted in two identical marble monuments. The Peacemakers Monument project was another undertaking of the PMC.  One of those monuments is situated in Moscow, Russia the other one is in the United States on the campus of Shenandoah University in Virginia.  Sandy Hinden’s passion is to contribute to development of organizations, groups, and projects struggling to make a difference and a better world. 

     With his assistance the Club succeeded in expanding its outreach by establishing Peace Makers Institute, Inc.  Today he continues to be a reliable adviser for the Club and the Institute, touching our minds and hearts as a loving partner and a true friend."

~ Edward E. Winchester (1936-2019)

President and Founder

Pentagon Meditation Club and PeaceMakers Institute, Inc.