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Join Global Consultant, Susan Coleman, Host of the Peacebuilding Podcast – and today’s most innovative, courageous and inspired practitioners as we explore strategies to intervene in complex systems to build consensus and common ground across divides of worldview, culture and difference.






S2 E12 - Charles Crawford: A Former British Ambassador's Reflections on Building Peace in Bosnia

In this episode, Susan interviews Charles Crawford, who was the British Ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1996-1998, Serbia and Montenegro from 2001-2003, and Poland 2003-2007. Crawford previously served as a British Diplomat to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, South Africa, and Russia. Susan got to know Charles when they were working together conducting a leadership development program for senior women in the Afghan government. Crawford led the component on speech...

Duration: 01:25:09

Igniting Women: The Pathway to Planetary Peace

This episode is a recording of the speech Susan delivered in Shanghai in May or 2017 to 1000 women at the International Elite Women's Forum -- a women's leadership and empowerment gathering. The speech was delivered in English (with direct translation into Chinese which has been cut out here for easier listening.) For a full transcript of the speech along with the presenter slides, please go to

Duration: 00:37:37

SE 2 EP 10 -- Dean Foster -- Crossing Cultures

Exciting News! We have a new feel, rythym and sound to The Peacebuilding Podcast. Please check it out in this episode. In this next podcast conversation, Susan talks with Dean Foster whose name is synonymous with building intercultural competency. Dean has worked in almost 100 countries, has been a speaker at major business schools in the United States including Harvard and Columbia, is the host on CNN of the nationwide “Doing Business in…” series and is also a frequent guest commentator...

Duration: 01:10:08

SE 02 EP 09 – Bob Stains – The Dialogue Approach of The Public Conversations Project

In the current political climate in the United States, there is a heightened interest in bringing people who don’t agree together for dialogue. One of the first to do this work was the Public Conversations Project (PCP)* out of Boston over the hugely contentious issue of abortion. In the 1980’s and early 90’s, the abortion conflict got to such a feverish pitch -- allegations of “baby killers”, “woman haters” -- and resulted in the murders of two women outside an abortion clinic. In...

Duration: 00:58:17

SE 02 EP 08 - Elizabeth Rabia Roberts - Bearing Witness

Elizabeth Rabia Roberts, Ed.D, is an internationally known citizen activist and women’s advocate. She is MaShieka — spiritual guide and teacher—in the International Sufi Way, and a lifelong student and teacher in nondual Buddhism. She has spent nearly 50 years working as a change agent for environmental and social justice, and the past 26 years working in 17 countries using “Bearing Witness” as a model for transformative action. Bearing Witness is a process that has grown out of the...

Duration: 01:15:28

SE 02 EP 06 - Thomas Hill – Peacebuilding in Iraq & Creating NYU’s Peacebuilding Program

How do you create the conditions for peacefulness in a place like Iraq that has been in such intense, destructive conflict for so long? How do you use yourself as an outsider to support people on the ground who wish to create a different kind of future for their children? And how do you go about setting up academic programs, in war-torn countries or peaceful ones, that rigorously train students in the best methods for creating the conditions for peacefulness? Thomas Hill speaks to all of...

Duration: 01:15:37

SE 02 : EP 05 - Elvira Maria Restrepo – A Web App for Building Peace in Colombia

Are there ways to use technology to build peace? How much is misinformation from social media impacting an electorates’ thinking about what they want? Is it possible to create an online process of deliberative democracy to allow citizens to freely express their views and arrive at outcomes that are more closely aligned with fact and the public good? Can you bring people together online in conversation from opposite ends of the political spectrum to have constructive dialogue about issues...

Duration: 00:56:01

SE 02 : EP 03 - Jim Zimmerman - Space Exploration: A Powerful Symbol of Global Cooperation

In this episode, Susan interviews James Zimmerman (“Jim”) from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who describes space exploration as a case study for international cooperation. Jim recounts the history of space exploration as a tale of competition evolving to cooperation. Currently, the international space station, circling 250 miles above the earth’s surface, is a beautiful metaphor for what we can create when we tap into the exponential potential of cooperation...

Duration: 00:58:47

Episode 012 - Gabrielle Kluck: Ombudsing In UN Peacekeeping Missions in the Sudan Region

Gabrielle Kluck is now the Ombudsman for the UN’s World Food Programme in Rome. I caught up with her in this episode as she was winding down her tenure Ombudsing in the Sudan Region of Africa. Gabrielle gives a first-hand account of working in the pressure-cooker of war-torn peacekeeping operations in S. Sudan, Darfur and earlier in Kosovo. She provides a vivid account of the context of hardship duty stations and then tells a story of working a conflict between an international and...

Duration: 01:13:22

Episode 005 - Krister Lowe: Peacebuilding Approaches, Training to Team Coaching

Join Susan Coleman as she interviews Krister Lowe, an organizational psychologist, Leadership and Team Coach, and the Creator of the Team Coaching Zone podcast. In this episode, Krister talks about his journey from early peacebuilding and global conflict resolution training interventions to the decision to focus on team coaching as a methodology to create scalable collaborative systems change.

Duration: 01:01:26

Episode 004 - Naghmeh Sobhani : Peacebuilding Through Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Join global consultant and host, Susan Coleman, as she talks with Naghmeh Sobhani about a 15 year program Naghmeh ran in post-conflict Bosnia to build peace through education. Naghmeh is a collaborative negotiation, post-conflict peacebuilding and conflict prevention consultant with expertise in developing and monitoring large-scale initiatives especially within fragile, divided zones.

Duration: 01:12:06

Episode 003 - Lindsay Cornelio: Peacebuilding in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City

Join Global Coach and Mediator, Susan Coleman and special guest Peacebuilder, Lindsay Cornelio, as Lindsay describes her master’s degree program in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding at New York University Global Affairs program and her subsequent application to a local peacebuilding initiative in Bushwick Brooklyn.

Duration: 01:22:42

Episode 002 - Pablo Restrepo Saénz: Reflections from a Seasoned Practitioner

Join Susan Coleman as she interviews Pablo Restrepo, a premier negotiation, leadership and strategy consultant. They reflect together on Pablo’s 20+ career in the trenches of working on assignments such as the Colombia-U.S. Free Trade Negotiations, working with ex-combatants from Colombian paramilitary groups, such as the FARC and M-19, and working with Susan at the UN International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia (UNICTY). Pablo reflects on the question of individual...

Duration: 00:55:51

Episode 001 - Susan Coleman: Overview and Introduction

In the first episode of The Peacebuilding Podcast, Susan Coleman, host of the podcast, provides an overview of the podcast and her life and career. For show notes and more complete information, please go to

Duration: 01:02:43