An Overview of Ken's Work


Ken Cloke is a world-recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, conflict resolution systems designer, teacher, trainer, author and public speaker. He has been a pioneer and leader in the field of mediation and conflict resolution for the last 37 years.  

He is co-founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, based in Washington D.C.  The organization supports individuals, organizations, communities and governments around the world in building conflict resolution capacity and conflict literacy, focusing on under-served communities.    

He has done international work in conflict resolution in over 25 countries, including Armenia, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, Georgia, India, Ireland, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Thailand, Ukraine, the former USSR, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.


As Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, Kenneth Cloke works as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant and trainer, specializing in resolving complex multi-party conflicts which include: community issues, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, environmental and public policy disputes. Ken also provides services in designing preventative conflict resolution systems for couples, families, groups and organizations.  

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As a Coach, Consultant, Facilitator, and Trainer, Ken supports leaders of public, private, and non-profit organizations with effective communication, collaborative negotiation, dialogue, collective bargaining, relationship building, conflict resolution, leadership development, strategic planning, team building, process mapping, feedback and evaluation, and organizational change.  

As a Conflict Resolution Systems Designer, he helps target and analyze chronic organizational problems, and design alternative systems and structures to correct these problems. CDR conflict design specialists conduct conflict audits to examine the costs and causes of conflicts, diagnose problems, and design system-wide solutions to prevent their recurrence.



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Ken is the author of numerous books about mediation, organizational issues, and conflict resolution, including Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution (2007); The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution (2012); Conflict Revolution: Mediating Evil, War, Injustice, and Terrorism; and The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems (2013).  His latest book is Conflict Revolution: Designing Preventative Systems for Chronic Social, Economic and Political Conflicts.   

He is 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: 10 Strategies for Everyone on the Job (3rd Edition); Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflicts: 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.  

He speaks internationally on a wide range of topics.




Ken is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Law, Strauss Institute.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University, Saybrook University, and the University of Southern California.

He has been an Adjunct Professor at Harvard University School of Law's Program on Negotiation, Insight Initiative; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cape Cod Institute; Massey University (New Zealand); and the University of Amsterdam's ADR Institute, among others.

His teaching experience in higher education includes law, mediation, history, political science, conflict studies, urban studies, and other social sciences at a number of law schools, colleges and universities, including the University of Southern California, U.C.L.A., Southwestern University School of Law, Antioch University, Occidental College, California State University Dominguez Hills, and El Camino College, among others.  


He has been an Arbitrator and Mediator for nearly forty years in labor management disputes, and is a member of a number of arbitration panels.  He has also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board; as a Factfinder for the Public Employment Relations Board; and as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles. 

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He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Law School; a Ph.D. from U.C.L.A.; and a LLM from U.C.L.A. Law School. He did post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law, and is a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.  He has done graduate work in Sociology, Psychology and other subjects.