Harold "Hal" Saunders

Father of the Public Peace Process has died

06 March 2016


"Governments cannot do the whole job themselves.

Increasingly, change comes from the bottom up and not from the top down.

Increasingly governments find themselves paralyzed to do what they ought to do.

And the Arab-Israeli peace process is a very good example of a conflict in which

political authorities seem paralyzed and unable to do what they need to do.

Small wonder then that groups (of citizens increasingly) gather. . .to attempt to

change that relationship from the inside out."

            ~ Amb. Harold "Hal" Saunders  (1930-2016)


Hal Saunders, beloved mentor and visionary, died peacefully at home from his unforgiving cancer early this morning.
In the spirit of Dialogue and our equal humanity, he would not have wanted this to entitle him Ambassador or Dr. which he was.

In the U.S. Department of State, Hal facilitated five successful Arab-Israelis treaties.
After government service, he named and championed the "public peace process" and created the Sustained Dialogue Institute -- http://sustaineddialogue.org
He especially treasured the youth of it's Sustained Dialogue Campus Network -- http://sustaineddialogue.org/our-work/campus/

Hal defined these 2000s as The Citizens' Century.
His intellect, wisdom, and heart is understood by his books:


A PUBLIC PEACE PROCESS: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts   (1999)

POLITICS IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP: A  Worldview of The Citizens' Century   (2005)

SUSTAINED DIALOGUE IN CONFLICTS: Transformation and Change   (2011)


Hal and his wife, Carol, have loved -- given fully of themselves to awaken especially young adults to become innovators and exemplars of relationship building and communication excellence.

READ more about Hal in Wikipedia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_H._Saunders
STUDY the 1991 signed document Framework for a Public Peace Process -- http://traubman.igc.org/ppp.pdf

VIEW GRAPHICS illustrating Dialogue and the Public Peace Process of Change -- http://traubman.igc.org/changechartsall.pdf



The Public Peace Process:

1991 announcement by Ambassador Harold Saunders

(4-1/2 min video)





Let us live this life.
It is about love, Hal said.

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Harold H. Saunders, Mideast Peace Broker, Dies at 85

The New York Times -- March 8, 2016



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