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Kenneth Cloke



Kenneth Cloke Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant and trainer, specializing in resolving complex multi-party conflicts, including community, grievance and workplace disputes, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes, and in designing conflict resolution systems for organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker and leader in the field of conflict resolution, and a published author of many journal articles and several books, including Mediation: Revenge and the Magic of Forgiveness and Mediating Dangerously: The Fontiers of Conflict Resolution . His consulting and training practice includes organizational change, leadership, team building and strategic planning. He is a co-author with Joan Goldsmith of Thank God It's Monday! 14 Values We Need to Humanize The Way We Work, Resolving Conflicts at Work: A Complete Guide for Everyone on the Job, Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness; The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy, and The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work . His latest book, Journeys into the Heart of Conflict will be published in 2005.

He received a B.A. from the University of California; a J.D. from U.C.'s Boalt Law School; a Ph.D. from UCLA; an LLM from UCLA Law School; and has done post-doctoral work at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. His university teaching includes law, mediation, history and other social sciences at a number of colleges and universities including Southwestern University School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Antioch University, Occidental College, USC and UCLA.


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Articles and Video:

Pioneer Series: Mediation Skillset is Essential for our Survival - Video (06/08/14)
Kenneth Cloke discusses the significance of mediation and how the world needs to learn these skills in order for us to survive as a species.

Bringing Oxytocin into the Room (11/27/13)
While people in conflict commonly make reference to the facts, behaviors, feelings, personalities, or events surrounding their conflicts, for the most part they ignore the deeper reality that these experiences are all processed and regulated by their nervous systems, and are therefore initiated, resolved, transformed, and transcended by their brains. Yet only recently have mediators begun to consider how our brains influence our conflict behaviors.

From Ken Cloke (10/14/13)
Mediate.com continues to acquaint us with the latest in fresh, exciting new ideas that do not have to conform to academic requirements or anyone's idea of what our field should be. It is where we learn from each other, and it does not cost us a thing. As a result, it is invaluable and deserves our continued support.

Conflict and Movements for Social Change: The Politics of Mediation and the Mediation of Politics (07/07/13)
Internal conflicts are endemic and natural to progressive political and social movements, in part because it is difficult to agree on how to define and change highly complex, volatile and evolving social problems. As a result, over time, different definitions of the problem and perceptions about the nature of those who defend and represent it result in radically different notions about what needs to be done to change it. This article helps to clarify definitions of conflict and people's goals for resolving it.

20 Questions to Ask an Employee Before Considering Termination (05/03/13)
This practical guide provides a handout for employers. This is to be used by employers as a checklist to consider before terminating an employee.

Interview with Ken Cloke (audio) (03/23/13)
This interview of Ken Cloke by Dave Hilton of the Conflict Specialists Show addresses such issues as Ken’s impact on the dispute resolution field, mediation as manipulation, success of mediation training programs, how people can be addicted to conflict and the effect of conflict on the body.

25 Prenuptual Questions (01/11/13)
Ken Cloke suggests 25 prenuptual questions that are helpful for couples mediation. These questions are designed more to facilitate a strong marriage than a smooth divorce.

Interview with Ken Cloke (10/23/12)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Ken Cloke, author and Founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.

From Ken Cloke (10/12/11)
Mediate.com has played such an important role in the development of new ideas, general awareness and creative techniques in dispute resolution that it is impossible to imagine who we would be without it. It is the air we breathe, the ground we stand on, how we think and act. It has been a safe space in which to experiment and discover. It does not require academic citation or comprehensive literature reviews, and accepts even unfinished, incomplete and off-beat ideas that link our work with other fields. In doing so, it has advanced the field in untold ways. Thank you, on behalf of all of us around the world who are searching for solutions, for keeping the door open.

Conflict, Climate Change And Environmental Catastrophe (12/20/10)
The recent oil spill by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico highlights an escalating set of difficulties in our responses to environmental catastrophes, with echoes that resonate and reverberate with experiences responding to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, earthquakes in Haiti and Peru, firestorms in Russia, flooding in Pakistan, the tsunami in Indonesia, and others.

Ken Cloke: Simulating Sincerity - Video (03/16/10)
Kenneth Cloke explains that if you're not able to be sincere as a mediator, simulating sincerity will lead to true sincerity and authenticity.

Mediators Calling For Climate Change Mediation Provision (12/10/09)
Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB) is calling on all delegates to include a mediation provision in the climate change treaty. Currently, the Kyoto Protocol includes negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, and judicial options, but not mediation.

Ken Cloke: Seeing Oneself as Equal to Parties - Video (10/12/09)
Ken Cloke talks about a training method he uses that makes mediators aware that they are no different than the parties they are mediating.

Ken Cloke: Historical Development of Need for Conflict Resolution-Video (10/11/09)
Ken Cloke talks about how the concept of conflict resolution has come about in history in order to prevent catastrophes such as nuclear war.

Ken Cloke: Six Places Where Conflict Occurs - Video (10/11/09)
Ken Cloke describes the body, mind, emotions, energy, heart, and context as the six places where conflict happens.

Ken Cloke: Self-Reflecting as a Mediator - Video (07/02/09)
Ken Cloke discusses how being a mediator makes one self-reflect in a variety of ways. It enables one to observe their mistakes and fears, it helps in relating to others who are going through struggles that the mediator has endured, and it helps one develop intuition.

A Recent Finding on Oxytocin (06/22/09)
In a recent experiment, Swiss Neuroscientists Beate Ditzen, Marcel Schaer, Barbara Gabriel, Guy Bodenmann, Ulrike Ehlert, and Markus Heinrichs found for the first time a direct connection between oxytocin and couple bonding in human subjects. The following summary is drawn from their research report.

Ken Cloke: Objective of Training - Video (04/29/09)
Ken Cloke describes how the goal of training is to provide the student with structure and steps, enabling them to have the courage to face the moment when the steps are no longer necessary.

Mediation And Meditation: The Deeper Middle Way (03/16/09)
Conflict is everywhere, not only between human beings, but throughout nature, from quantum mechanical particles to dark energy and the soap bubble structure of galactic superclusters. Nonetheless, we each take our conflicts personally, and far from being happy or grateful to our enemies, we often allow ourselves to be thrown off balance and drawn into unpleasant ideas, negative emotions, and destructive behaviors.

Letter To President Obama (03/02/09)
Thank you. As conflict resolution professionals, practitioners and scholars, we have noticed and profoundly appreciate your efforts to change the process and tone of how differences are managed, both in Washington and around the world. We value your experience, understanding and commitment to conflict resolution, and offer our full support to you and your administration in your efforts to promote peace, collaboration, and consensus in domestic and international relations.

Bringing Oxytocin Into The Room: Notes On The Neurophysiology Of Conflict (01/19/09)
To explain the etiology of conflict therefore requires us to gain a deeper understanding of how the brain responds to conflict. This should clearly include the ways distrusting personalities are formed, even among primates; the sources of aggressive character traits and the “fight or flight” reflex; the wellsprings of spiritual malaise and hostile gut reactions; and the neurological foundations of forgiveness, open-heartedness, empathy, insight, intuition, learning, wisdom, and willingness to change.

Building Bridges Between Psychology And Conflict Resolution – Implications For Mediator Learning (10/21/08)
While it is, of course, both necessary and vital that we recognize the key differences between the professions of psychology and conflict resolution, it is more necessary and vital, especially in these times, that we recognize their essential similarities, collaborate in developing creative new techniques, and invite them to learn as much as they can from each other.

Janis Publications Offers New Ken Cloke Book to Opinion Leaders (08/21/08)
Janis Publications Inc. announced it has published Conflict Revolution: Mediating Evil, War, Injustice and Terrorism by author Ken Cloke. Among other things, Ken is President and co-founder of Mediators Beyond Borders.

Thoughts on Mediation, Barack Obama, and Our Political Future (05/27/08)
The emergence of Barack Obama as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, and thus for the Presidency of the United States, presents us with unprecedented opportunities to influence global dispute resolution strategies and shift the prevailing paradigm of adversarial politics and diplomacy.

A Mediator Looks At Elections (12/31/07)
Every election year we witness the spectacle of candidates and parties engaged in character assassination, meaningless polarization, trivialization of serious issues, false and slanderous advertising, manipulative rhetoric, and corruption of the political process through that modern form of bribery known as campaign financing. These tactics create a political culture that isolates and alienates the majority of the electorate; reinforces competitive, destructive, adversarial behaviors; generates chronic conflicts; and de-emphasizes interest-based options.

From Ken Cloke (09/06/07)
We all know how important communication is in resolving conflicts between opposing parties. But it is equally, if not more important to conflict resolvers, and to the field of conflict resolution as a whole. Quite simply, without Mediate.com, we would be less aware, less unified, and less successful. Mediation is exciting, demanding work, and a collaborative enterprise, and Mediate.com has been the glue that has held us together, knitting our practices, and revealing to us what we can still do better. We owe John Helie, John Ford, Jim Melamed, and Keith Seat, who have pioneered in keeping us awake and informed, our deepest gratitude and continuing support.

Mediators Without Borders (MWB) Established to Address Violent Conflicts (02/06/07)

Development of an organizational structure and fundraising are under way for Mediators Without Borders (MWB), a new non-profit provider of pro bono conflict resolution resources for violent conflicts around the world. Co-founder Ken Cloke explained that MWB resulted from the determination that “as a profession, we [mediators] have the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to begin thinking and talking about how we might pool our resources and act in groups to intervene in trouble spots, even in small ways.” Mediators may become Charter Mediator Members of MWB by contacting Regina McCarthy at mmccarthy510@comcast.net

Mediators Without Borders Website

Mediators Without Borders: A Proposal to Resolve Political Conflicts (08/29/05)
When listening to news about the latest disasters from wars and terrorist attacks around the globe, I sometimes fantasize what would happen if, instead of dropping bombs on civilian populations, mediators by the tens of thousands were parachuted into war zones to create conversations across battle lines; if, instead of shooting bullets, mediators organized dialogues and shot questions at other side; and if, instead of mourning the loss of children’s lives by visiting equal or greater losses on children from the other side, mediators would act as mourners, and turn every lost life into the name of a school, hospital, library, road, or olive grove that would be open to all and dedicated to the common good.

Mediating Evil, War, and Terrorism: The Politics of Conflict (11/11/04)
We require improved understanding, not only of the conflict in politics, but the politics in conflict. As our world shrinks and our problems can no longer be solved except internationally, we need ways of revealing, even in seemingly ordinary, interpersonal conflicts, the larger issues that connect us across boundaries, and methods for resolving political conflicts that are sweeping, strategic, interest-based, and transformational. A clear, unambiguous reason for doing so occurred on September 11, 2001.

The Vibrations of Conflict (08/25/03)
Each style of music evokes a different set of emotions, memories, and spiritual or energetic responses. Can we then use rhythms of speech to elicit sadness, anger, or fear? Can we counter these dusky tempos with lighter, upbeat rhythms in order to elicit joy, affection, or courage? What are the qualities of vibration that impart these special, substantive meanings? What, for example, is the vibratory quality of a sincere apology as opposed to an insincere one? And how do we know the difference between them?

Risky Conflict Resolution (12/09/02)
Taking a risky approach to conflict resolution allows both sides to discover newer and deeper levels of understanding, improve their skills and relationships and find better solutions than either side thought possible. For these reasons, conflict is a valuable personal and organizational resource and a powerful source of learning, development and growth.

Some Questions to Consider in Responding to Terrorism (10/12/01)
"How easy it is to kill someone you don’t have to mourn because you never dared to imagine him alive." This is the essence of terrorism, but it is also the essence of war. Indeed, isn’t terrorism simply a form of warfare directed at civilians? Isn’t every war, regardless of its’ declared military aims, an assault on innocent civilians?

Removing The Masks In Mediation (11/17/00)
Most people in conflict strike a variety of poses or "acts." These melodramatic affectations are highly effective in capturing other people's attention. None, however, describe who they really are, or allow others to see them as multi-faceted, complex individuals. In this way, each pose keeps them locked in conflict. Mediating dangerously means helping them drop the pose and cut out the act.

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