Below are comments about my programs and projects.
“Sandy's whole-systems thinking is empowering and enlightening.
I recommend any educational materials
he creates as of superior value."
HBO Senior System Administrator
& Bloom Bioregional Network
"I recently attending Sandy Hinden’s 'Mindfulness & Meditation' workshop. His knowledge covers a broad range of topic areas. His presentations are delivered with great insight, passion, and relaxation techniques that are beneficial both personally, and professionally. I learned a great deal about my inner-self, as well as methods of meditation that will allow me to have positive energy throughout my everyday life. I strongly encourage anyone to attend his workshops."
“If you are looking to be in a better world, or at least wanting to know what positive people are doing in the world to make it a better place, follow Sanford Hinden’s guidance. The years this man has studied peace and enlightened living is extraordinary. He can bring you a lifetime of good values and ethics that should not be missed. In a world of chaos and selfishness, you can pass these teachings onto to all ages, especially our younger generation. He provides a foundation of good values, showing there is a better way to live.”
John G. Cohan
“Thanks so much for yet another great program!! I heard great feedback from our patrons. I just came in from a meeting and was met by my coworker who told me that our patrons LOVED your program. The feedback we received was great and I want to thank you for offering your programs to libraries. I'd love to welcome you back again in the future for another one of your presentations!"
Glen Cove Library
“It was a pleasure to meet you and greet you in person. Once again, thank you for providing a great program. We all benefited from your knowledge. You managed to hold our interest from beginning to end. The role-playing really added to the experience. Several people in the audience have thanked me for having such a wonderful program. I hope you had fun.”
Long Beach Library
“It was an excellent and detailed presentation. The pages were so well outlined with clear and precise directions. I thought the give and take was excellent and
a lot of people felt connected.”
Suffolk Community Council
“Sanford Hinden is one of the most humane, compassionate,
loving human beings I have ever met. He speaks and acts from deep wisdom about what people need – and what the world needs now.
I trust him and have learned immensely from him....”
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“CONGRATS on this latest offering, Sandy - and blessings on you for your magnificent life-work for the common good.”
Ronald Gross, Founder/Director, Conversations New York
Co-chair, University Seminar on Innovation,
“Thank you for moderating our weekly Conversation Circle. Each week the conversation gets more stimulating and informative! Everyone loves the sessions and are so happy to see each other, even if it can only be virtually! Keeping our patrons connected and giving them a chance to discuss what's on their minds is more important than ever in these challenging times.”
West Hempstead Library
“It was an excellent and detailed presentation. The pages were so well outlined with clear and precise directions. I thought the give and take was excellent and a lot of people felt connected.”
Suffolk Community Council
“Thanks for a wonderful workshop experience. The conversations, the graphics and the handouts all worked to improve my sense of self and others, as we better learn how to communicate with peace and love in our hearts. The model of Parent-Adult-Child process is one I have experience with. Your synopsis was well taken, as is the notion of its importance in developing skill sets for improved personal and interpersonal communication and love.”
Setauket, New York
"Over a year ago, Sandy Hinden recommended that I read a book called 'Peaceful Living' by Mary McKenzie. Based on the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Non-Violent Communication, the book consists of 365 daily meditations on the vocabulary of feelings and needs, a sorely overlooked aspect of communication.
Over the last year, I’ve come to realize that even though all human beings share the same needs, a new way of communicating is needed to connect with each other in moments of conflict. Many of the principles in the book are counter-intuitive and require serious practice, but speaking personally, the results have been transformative.
I’ve noticed that my goals in communication have radically shifted, from “being right”, to understanding the psychological reasons for the need to be right; from "getting my own way', to the much more satisfying goal of connecting with people.
Gandhi said 'become the change you want to see in the world'. It seems to me that if we as individuals commit to relearning the toxic ways that we have been taught to communicate with each other, the conflicts on a global scale will seem less imposing.
Thanks, Sandy, for sharing this book with me, and for the many hours you and I have spent discussing its wisdom. I’ve since brought it home, where it has helped my wife and me communicate on a much deeper level."
Huntington, New York
“Sandy is a not afraid to ask the toughquestions and explore heartfelt responses to them. The ones that have to do with how we got into this mess as humanity, and what it’s going to take for us to get out of it. His wealth of experience and human kindness, combined with political savvyand collaborative working style, make learning with and from him an enriching experience, and always a joy.”
Alexander Laszlo, PhD
Global Systems Educator
"My friend Sanford Hinden should be elected President of the Globe."
"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 Peacebuilder Sanford Hinden, for his causes and his clients. Sandy has worked on protecting the environment, spreading health ideas and peace to his New York community, and through his global development with inspiring websites. He has been an administrator, creator, director, and fundraiser. Sandy has never lost his enthusiasm for peace. He is a man of peace who uses his life skills, and wisdom to create the tools for peace that our world needs. He knows that peace is possible just by planting the ideas that peace begins with each of us. He was the one who encouraged peace gardens for children, showing how tending a garden creates a sense of well-being and peace, and he worked to create peace museums worldwide. Thank you, Sandy!"
Barbara Gaughen-Muller, President
Santa Barbara & Tri-counties
United Nations Association, USA
"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."
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.