6:30 PM18:30

Political Conflict, Dialogue and Mediation

Mediators Beyond Borders International will host a talk and book signing by Kenneth Cloke on Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy: How to Discuss Race, Abortion, Immigration, Gun Control, Climate Change, Same Sex Marriage and Other Hot Topics at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Haaren Hall Bldg, Room 630, 899 10th Avenue between 58th and 59th streets, New York City.

View Event →

to Jun 23

Conflict Resolution Consulting: Transforming Organizations Through Leadership, Teams, Coaching, Culture, Systems Design and Changing the Way We Change

Every workplace generates chronic conflicts, yet few
organizations have rethought the way they work, or used
conflict resolution skills and ideas to prevent and transform the
sources of chronic conflict, or examined their organizational
communications and “conflict cultures” to discover how their
conflicts are generated and reduce their re-occurrence.
Fewer still have integrated conflict resolution and coaching,
trained leaders as mediators, used conflict resolution principles to
inform their change processes, conducted “conflict audits” to
reveal where these streams of conflict originate, or designed
complex, multilayered, self-correcting systems to improve their
capacity for conflict prevention, resolution, and transformation.
This workshop will provide a framework for mediators who
would like to enter the emerging field of conflict resolution
consulting, and learn how to integrate mediation with
organizational communication, coaching, team building,
leadership development, change management, and conflict
resolution systems design. These skills can help organizations
rethink the way they work and use systems design principles to
construct more collaborative, democratic, self-managing
organizations and institutions.
The workshop will identify new skills in organizational dialogue,
leadership, teamwork, and collaborative processes. It will identify
theories and techniques that will help participants shape an
organizational context of ethics, values, and integrity; form living,
evolving webs of association; develop ubiquitous, linking
leadership; build innovative, self-managing teams; implement
streamlined, open, collaborative processes; create complex
self-correcting systems; integrate strategically, and change the way
we change.
Participants will also explore the social, economic, and political
sources of chronic conflict; obstacles to individual, interpersonal,
and organizational change; diverse methods for overcoming
resistance to change, and ways of redesigning workplace cultures,
systems, structures, processes, and relationships to encourage
conflict resolution.  For more information, click here, or contact

View Event →
to Mar 18

Conflict Resolution Systems Design

This six day course will be taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas over two weekends, from Friday March 2, 2018 to Sunday March 4, 2018, and again from Friday March 16, 2018 to Sunday March 20, 2018.  It concentrates on chronic organizational conflicts using the methods of conflict resolution systems design. 

Course Description:  

Students will participate in analyzing and designing models for responding to systemic conflict by designing interest-based conflict resolution systems.  They will examine the relationship between conflict, leadership and organizational change, and the role of systems in couples, families and social, economic and political systems.  They will learn the sources chronic conflict and the disruptions that accompany phase transitions.  They will discover how facilitation, negotiation, dialogue, and similar conflict resolution skills can be adapted to meet the needs of large-scale systemic change projects, as well as to personal, familial, social, economic, political and environmental conflicts.  They will consider conflict as a system, the emotional and systemic sources of resistance to change, and methods to overcome them.  They will learn how to be the change they want to see in the world, and how to change the way they seek to resolve, transform and transcend the personal, organizational and social conflicts that impact their lives. 

Course Goals:

To reflect on and assess what experience has taught you about systems - To learn a framework for understanding organizational systems design - To identify the conflicts that are likely to arise at each stage of a systems design effort - To understand and learn ways of responding effectively to the need for and impact of systemic change - To develop techniques and strategies that will make a difference in efforts to design conflict resolution systems - To develop skills in facilitating organizational systems design efforts through the use of consensus rather than command and control tactics - To develop the knowledge and skills to motivate systems designers - To learn methods for overcoming resistance to systems design - To be able to design and execute an organizational change initiative using diagnosis, strategic planning, implementation, collaborative negotiation, facilitation, coaching, conflict resolution systems design, evaluation and institutionalization - To develop the skills needed to manage the stress and systemic failures typically associated with chronic conflicts

For more information, contact SMU in Plano TX.

View Event →
to Feb 24

Spring Mediation Training

This four-day mediation training takes place at the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica.  Space is limited to 20 people.  The training is facilitated by Ken Cloke and designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced mediators wanting to strengthen their conflict resolution skills.  Classes will take place on February 20 and 21, 23 and 24.  We will begin at 9.30 am and end at around 4.30 pm.   For a flyer describing the training, registration and book list, click here.

View Event →
to Oct 8

Mediators Beyond Borders International Congress

Mediators Beyond Borders International will host its 8th Congress at the Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands — the International City of Peace and Justice.

"As a celebration of our 10th anniversary we sincerely hope you can join us to work on concrete issues that can contribute to peace. The essence of this working conference is to have an open debate, to engage and encounter and to develop steps that may bring a contribution to peace with a diverse group that usually does not connect."

View Event →
to Jun 25

Conflict Resolution Consulting Training

Ken Cloke and Joan Goldsmith will be facilitating a 4-day training at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu (CA) from June 22 to 25, 2017.  The training provides a framework for mediators wishing to enter the emerging field of conflict resolution consulting, and learn how to integrate mediation with organizational communication, conflict coaching, team building, leadership development, change management, and systems design.  The workshop supports the development of new skills in organizational dialogue, leadership, teamwork, and collaborative processes. 

View Event →