Renowned Mediator and Peacemaker Kenneth Cloke Explores a New Vision for Conflict Resolution in Recently Released Book
Kenneth Cloke, who is a renowned peacemaker, conflict manager and adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Southern Methodist University, is the author of five previous books on conflict management and mediation, co-author with Joan Goldsmith on five additional books, and author of multiple journal articles. He has dedicated his life to peacemaking and teaching others to navigate conflict, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant, and trainer. He is the founder and first president of Mediators Beyond Borders.
Cloke specializes in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes. His coaching, consulting, facilitation, and training practice includes work with leaders of public, private, and nonprofit organizations around the globe on effective communications, dialogue, collaborative negotiation, relationship and team building, conflict resolution, leadership development, strategic planning, designing systems, and organizational change.
"Conflict is an innate part of the human experience," says Cloke. "Understanding how to navigate conflict is not. But we can all learn. When we learn how to navigate conflict, strained relationships can be transformed into deep, meaningful relationships; organizations can attain new goals; people are brought together."
Cloke's most recent work, "The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design" (GoodMedia Press 2013) explores a new vision for conflict resolution, a "conflict revolution" that analyzes the use of language in conflict, the narrative structure of conflict stories, and how the brain responds to conflict. It surveys religion, spirituality, and meditation, and searches for ways of opening heartfelt communications between opponents.
"The Dance of Opposites" also looks at social, political, and environmental conflicts, and offers suggestions on how to organize and conduct dialogues over difficult, dangerous, and controversial issues. It identifies new ways of designing conflict resolution systems for family and couples' disputes, and for chronic organizational conflicts, and encourages us to use conflict to learn and grow, become better human beings, and transform it into opportunities for improvement. "The Dance of Opposites" is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and bookstores nationwide.