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I started this website to help us understand how to transform our lives, collaborate and consciously support the transformation of work, economics and society so we may take good care of ourselves, each other and planet Earth. 

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We are transforming life on Earth together. Your encouragement, comments and ideas add to the unfolding creativity we need to make breakthroughs in consciousness and collaboration.  I will answer questions and provide advice. 

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About Me


Sanford "Sandy" Hinden

My life work has been for peace, the environment, culture, health and human services, and in community and global development.  

I have worked as an administrator, program director, fundraiser, group facilitator and as an organizer, developing programs for marketing, audience building, public relations, membership, customer service and training.  

I served in United Nations related non-governmental work for 23 years and with the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center as executive director for 12 years. 

I enjoyed writing 7 Keys to Love and continue my life-long learning about love, compassion, kindness and communication.  I was given an Outstanding Advocate for the Arts Award by the Long Island Arts Council.  

In 2019, my goal is to launch Conscious Planet News ~ CPN YouTube channel to report my latest findings and have creative conversations on personal development, human relations and global sustainability.

In 2015, I started the Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity to create Global Demilitarization through National Military Budget Reductions of 5% a year to be used for spending on Earthcare, Human Development, Social Stabilization and Infrastructure that create Enlightened People, Thriving Families, Creative Communities, Worker-Owned Cooperatives, Regional Integrated Cooperation, International Peace and a Sustainable Planet.

I welcome opportunities to speak publicly, provide workshops, facilitate groups, and coach individuals, couples, organizations and communities on personal development, communication, human relations and problem-solving skills.  

It is a great joy to present entertaining, fun, educational, informative programs that help individuals, couples, families and organizations realize their full-potential and enjoy life more.

My life work is to help humanity and Earth be healthy.

1979-1985           Founder, Universal Children's Gardens 

1995-1998           Founder, Metropolitan Peace Museum project for NYC

2000                    UN Affiliation of the International Network of Peace Museums

2005-2010        Founder, President, Long Island Men's Center

2016-Present   Founder, Facilitator, Saturday Night Conversation Club

2018-Present   Founder, Facilitator, quarterly Wisdom Circle   

My work is informed by extensive studies and experiences with: 

  •   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, C.M., President and Founder

Pentagon Meditation Club and PeaceMakers Institute, Inc.