Public Speaking Topics

The topics below are ones I regularly write, teach, and talk about.  Keynotes and webinars can be customized for the specific needs, concerns, and interests of your organization, conference, or audience.


Building our Capacity for Public and Political Dialogue

  • The Politics of Conflicts and the Conflicts of Politics: How to Rethink and Respond to Political Conflicts
  • Turning Divisive Debates into Bridge-Building Dialogues: How to Talk more Constructively about Abortion, Immigration, Prejudice and Politics.
  • Mediating Evil, War, Injustice and Terrorism
  • Mobilizing Mediators and Citizens to Support and Defend Democracy
  • Climate Change and Environmental Conflicts: How Mediators Can Help Save the Planet
  • The Foundational Skills We need to Build Effective Democracies
  • The Art of Public Dialogue: How to Design, Organize and Conduct Difficult and Dangerous Conversations.

Exploring the Potential of Mediation and Conflict Resolution:

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  • The Future of Mediation and the Frontiers of Conflict Resolution
  • Mediating Dangerously: The Risks and Opportunities of Honesty and Empathy in Mediation
  • Restorative Justice: Principles and Techniques
  • Mediation, Meditation and Mindfulness: A Powerful and Promising Crossroads in Conflict
  • Heart-and Spirit-Based Interventions in Conflict Resolution
  • New Forms of International Dispute Resolution
  • The Implications of Recent Research in Neuroscience for Conflict Resolution Practitioners
  • The Neurophysiology of Conflict: Bringing Oxytocin into the Room
  • Conflict in History and a History of Conflict
  • What Mediation Can Contribute to Solving the Challenges of our Times
  • Cognitive Biases, Cognitive Ease and Conflict Resolution
  • Toward a Unified Theory of Conflict Resolution

New Possibilities for Organizational and Systems Change

  • Resolving Conflicts at Work: 10 Strategies for Resolution
  • How to Prevent and Resolve Complex Organizational Disputes
  • Using Mediation to Improve Organizational Communications, Team Building, Leadership, Coaching, Change, and Systems Design·      
  • The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design
  • Designing Preventative Systems for Chronic Social, Economic and Political Conflicts
  • The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy
  • The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work
  • Conflict Resolution Systems Design -- A Guide for Practitioners
  • Transformational Conflict Coaching in the Workplace
  • Feedback, Evaluation and Participatory Performance Appraisal
  • Mediation, Arbitration and Integrated Systems Design
  • Twelve Steps to Just Cause in Employee Discipline Cases
  • How to Design Collaborative Workplaces

Building Conflict Literate Families, Workplaces, and Communities

  • Deepening our Understanding of Relational Conflicts
  • How to Save a Relationship: Getting to the Heart of What Isn't Working
  • The Art of Asking Questions in Families
  • The Art of Surfacing Conflicts and Working Through Disagreements.
  • Dismantling Stereotyping, Bias and Prejudice in Private and Public Lives
  • Building Community: Turning Blocks into Neighborhoods and Cities into Communities
  • Understanding the Language of Conflicts and Transforming Conflict Stories
  • The Importance of Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution
  • Using Conflict Resolution Systems Design to Prevent and Resolve Chronic Marital, Family and Relational Disputes
  • Mediating Pre- and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • New Approaches to Divorce Mediation:  A Guide for Practitioners
  • Elder Mediation: End of Life Conflicts in Families and Relationships
  • Mediating Grief and Loss, Death and Dying


“Few people today approach conflict with the wisdom and grace of Ken Cloke. Far fewer possess the ability to provide a clear and detailed roadmap for resolution and transformation. Ken’s teachings provide inspiration and courage to those who dream of changing the world, and guidance to those who strive to change themselves.”

- Laura Kaufer, Founder of the Mississippi Mediation Project