Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution / Edition 1by Kenneth Cloke, Kenneth Cloke, Ken Cloke
In this inspiring new vision of the art of conflict resolution, Kenneth Cloke shows new and accomplished mediators how to examine the inner processes and hidden personal recesses that limit their effectiveness, as well as the outside systems and structures that restrict their capacity to act on what they have learned. Cloke explores the dark places the edges,… See more details below
In this inspiring new vision of the art of conflict resolution, Kenneth Cloke shows new and accomplished mediators how to examine the inner processes and hidden personal recesses that limit their effectiveness, as well as the outside systems and structures that restrict their capacity to act on what they have learned. Cloke explores the dark places the edges, boundaries, and possibilities of mediation. He reveals how to approach dangerous conflicts domestic violence, war, slavery, fascism, insanity, and oppression'to uncover hidden choices and transformational opportunities that help people and organizations develop, grow, and learn more about themselves. Offering a wealth of fresh possibilities, Mediating Dangerously identifies potential openings, creative techniques, and new and unusual approaches to dispute resolution. The book includes specific guidelines, questions to ask, sample dialogues, checklists, and diagrams to help readers apply new techniques immediately in their current practice. The inevitable stress and pain of conflict can lure mediation professionals into taking the easy route to a quick compromise. But, claims Cloke, the role of mediators is not simply to settle conflicts or fashion agreements, but to create choices. This means going further, taking risks, opening wounds, and exploring dangerous terrain to locate the center of what isn't working. It requires great courage, honesty, and self-knowledge to open a Pandora's box of fear, resistance, dishonesty, revenge, oppression, and all the defenses and rationalizations that keep individuals, organizations, and societies locked in conflict. Mediating Dangerously shows conflict resolution professionals how to advance beyond the traditional steps, procedures, and techniques of mediation to unveil its invisible heart and soul and to reveal the subtle and sensitive engine that drives the process of personal and organizational transformation. This book is a major new contribution to the literature of conflict resolution that will inspire and educate professionals in the field for years to come. The AuthorKenneth Cloke, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica, California, has been a mediator, arbitrator, university professor, judge, counselor, coach, consultant, trainer, and designer of resolutions systems for over thirty years. He is the author of several books, including Resolving Conflicts at Work and Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict (both with Joan Goldsmith, Jossey-Bass, 2000).
Table of Contents
THE INNER FRONTIERS.
The Dangers of Mediation.
Suppression, Settlement, and Resolution.
Honesty and Empathy: Speaking the Unspeakable.
When Helping Becomes a Hindrance.
Exploring the Conflicts Within Ourselves.
Fear, Apathy, Insanity, and Dishonesty.
Dismantling the Desire for Revenge.
The Magic of Forgiveness.
The Significance of Spirit.
Conflict as a Spiritual Path.
THE OUTER FRONTIERS.
Mediating Fascism and Oppressive Relationships.
Power, Rights, and Interests.
Creating Responsible Communities.
What's Better Than the Rule of Law.
Shifting from Debate to Dialogue.
Improving the Way We Fight.
Transforming the System.
The Politics of Conflict.
Conflict Resolution Systems Design and the United Nations.
Where Inner and Outer Frontiers Meet.
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