Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Citizen-To-Citizen Public Peace Process – ICERM Radio Program with Libby and Len Traubman

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:00pm in EDT

New York, New York

Listen to the program live.

Listeners can call in to the show to share their views/experiences or ask Libby and Len Traubman questions. Listeners call in number is: (347) 989-8294

More information about ICERM Radio can be found here:

Previous Episodes are found here.

You can also listen to our last Radio Show: Introducing ICERM Radio – A Global Peace Network.

The Citizen-To-Citizen Public Peace Process

“There are some things only governments can do, such as negotiating binding agreements. But there are some things that only citizens outside government can do, such as changing human relationships.”

—- Dr. Harold Saunders, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and Negotiator of the Camp David Accords.

Many people “want” peace but not relationships. This cannot be, as defined in the 2012 award-winning documentary film — DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA: Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future. In the film, Nigerian Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba defined that the greatest killer of people and creativity — and cause of wars — is not HIV but HRV — Human Relationship Deficiency Virus. Ivorgba defined the root cause of most human crises as rooted in a Poverty of Relationships and a famine of communication skills.

Everyone wants to be heard, yet people are far less interested in listening. The quality of listening around the planet is poor.

Fortunately there is on Earth a new breed of young adult citizens who refuse to be enemies and insist on engaging. These new Artisans of Communication have the will and skill to listen that gives them the power to transform human relationships and re-direct history.

This radio show will describe more about these communication skills that begin at home and affect families, schools, businesses, and the birth of a true, sustainable global community of cooperation. Included will be universal principles of Change itself — what works and what doesn’t in real, everyday human activity around Earth.

About Libby and Len Traubman

Libby Traubman, a retired clinical social worker, helped organize the 1991 Beyond War conference for Israeli and Palestinian citizen-leaders resulting in a historic signed document, Framework For A Public Peace Process. She co-produced three films modeling a new quality of listening and communication – PEACEMAKERS: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp, DIALOGUE AT WASHINGTON HIGH, and CROSSING LINES IN FRESNO. For her community service and global influence, Libby was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Len Traubman co-founded with Libby the 21-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue of San Mateo preparing for its 258th meeting. For 30 years he has helped bring “enemies” together and has published on successful public peace processes from personal experience with Soviets and Americans, Armenians and Azerbaijanis, Jews and Palestinians, and most recently Muslim and Christian Nigerians. He co-produced the 2012 documentary, DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA: Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future, and in 2013, DOZOS-GUERRE TRIBAL HEALING IN COTE D’IVOIRE.  A retired pediatric dentist, Len was the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of California School of Dentistry.

Libby and Len, married for 46 years, live in San Mateo, California, USA.  They are parents to a daughter and son, and grandparents to two boys and a girl.

Background about the Public Peace Process and Change is at

The hundreds of public outreach endeavors of their 21-year-old Palestinian-Jewish Living Room Dialogue are described at

Emmanuel Ivorgba’s insight about Human Relationship Deficiency Virus (HRV) is illustrated at



Introducing ICERM Radio: A Global Peace Network

This episode is already hosted and produced. Listen to the archived podcast here:
An objective evaluation of the history of the world and current events reveal the frequent, incessant and violent nature of ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the globe. In the words of Donald Horowitz, “ethnic violence since World War II has claimed more than ten million lives, and in the last two decades ethnic conflict has become especially widespread. Ethnicity is at the center of politics in country after country, a potent source of challenges to the cohesion of states and of international tension”.

Recent violence around the world demonstrates that religious conflicts are growing more intense.

Confronted by these facts, many people have been engaged for a long time in the quest to understand the role of ethnicity and religion in human conflict. Important questions have emerged that seek to recognize and explore these roles in hopes of better understanding the causal relationship between ethnic or religious differences and violent conflict.

Committed to the mission of developing alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world, the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) has adopted a unique, comprehensive and coordinated approach to address ethnic and religious conflicts through its online radio project, ICERM Radio:

This episode is therefore aimed at introducing ICERM Radio to the world. As a global peace network dedicated to promoting inter-ethnic and inter-religious cooperation, ICERM Radio shall feature programs that inform, educate, engage, mediate, and heal. Broadcasting from New York City, the cultural melting pot of the world; join us to listen to news, lectures, dialogue, documentary interviews, book reviews, and music.