Creating a Culture of Peace Moving from Hopelessness to Shared Purpose

Broadcast on September 17, 2013
With Eva Vander Giessen & Olivia Hansen & Nathan Otto

Eva Vander Giessen

Creative Director/MEET, Board Member/Afghan Friends Network, Founder/From Sand to Soil
Eva Vander Giessen is Creative Director at MEET (Middle East Education through Technology), which brings together young Israeli and Palestinian leaders through the common language of technology and entrepreneurship. She serves as a member of sister city committees between Afghanistan and the US, and on the board of directors of Afghan Friends Network, an NGO that promotes dignity, nurtures potential, and supports bold steps in Afghanistan. She is a guest speaker with the Association of Conflict Resolution on the nexus of arts and peace building, and is passionate about storytelling as a mechanism for social change.

Olivia Hansen

Founder and President of both the Synthesis Foundation and the Spiritual Life TV Channel
Olivia Hansen Olivia Hansen is Founder and President of both the Synthesis Foundation and the Spiritual Life TV Channel. She is a long-time student and teacher of spiritual wisdom. Olivia has been lead sponsor and collaborator on many Dalai Lama events including Kalachakra for World Peace in Washington DC, the Dalai Lama's World Peace Talk at the US Capitol in Washington DC, and Dalai Lama events in Atlanta, Bloomington, and Louisville, KY Olivia collaborates with many leaders, teachers and groups of spiritual consciousness, to help bring about growth of consciousness and to create a better world that works for everyone. Through her Synthesis Foundation, she sponsors conferences that advance awareness and progressive ideas. Olivia’s Spiritual Life TV Channel features engaging videos that offer practical wisdom teachings from many spiritual traditions. The videos show how a person can live a more spiritual, peaceful and happy life. The free Spiritual Life TV Channel is on the internet at:

Nathan Otto

Changemaker, Leadership Coach, Strategist and Author

Nathan Otto is the founder of the Safe Conflict Project, a global strategic effort to create a world free from war. He is the co-author of Give Peace a Deadline: What Ordinary People Can Do to Create Peace In Five Years. As an executive coach, Nathan counsels and guides individual leaders and leadership teams to outstanding results. He has worked with leaders in finance, healthcare, government, media, and leading international non-profits. He is currently writing a book on leadership, working title Evolutionary Leadership: How to Lead So People Want to Follow.

In his peacebuilding role, Nathan convenes special meetings of select peacebuilding organizations, individuals, business people, government leaders and strategists to increase resource, effectiveness and collaboration. Projects conceived at these meetings, called Synergizers, generate ongoing impact. His work has been endorsed by William Ury, founder of the Harvard Global Negotiation Project and author of bestseller Getting to Yes, F. W de Klerk, 7th President of South Africa and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace; Mike Moore, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Secretary-General of the World Trade Organization, and Anthony Robbins, noted motivational speaker and author Awakening the Giant Within.