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Divider Image Conflict Revolution By Kenneth Cloke

Our most pressing problems are global in nature and cannot be solved using military force, litigation or adversarial power- and rights-based methods that pit people and nations against one another. Instead, we require interest-based methods that encourage communication, cooperation and help build a more peaceable and sustainable world.

Conflict Revolution invites us to consider how we might design social, economic and political systems that prevent chronic conflicts; transform the processes, relationships, organizations and cultures that aggravate and perpetuate them; and help resolve the chronic global conflicts they generate. It provides tools for crossing the defensive borders that divide us, building our capacity and improving our skills in creative problem-solving, community dialogue, collaborative negotiation, mediation and similar conflict resolution techniques.

Conflict Revolution examines the sources of social inequality, economic inequity and political autocracy. It offers techniques for responding to prejudice and discrimination, exploitation and environmental devastation, hierarchy and bureaucracy. It investigates who is responsible for conflicts over crime, education and labor management relations. It offers alternatives to capitalist markets and considers ways of responding to evil, war, injustice and terrorism. And it introduces an algorithm that allows us to transform social, economic and political institutions and change the way we change.

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Advance Praise for Conflict Revolution

“There is no one — NO ONE — more deeply versed in conflict resolution, locally and globally, personally and professionally, privately and politically, than Kenneth Cloke. Take his trainings, read his books, hear him speak, participate in his endeavors. I can count on one hand the number of people who have profoundly influenced my life, my career and my course. Ken is one of them. A tough and realistic intelligence coupled with an enormous and generous heart.” —Victoria Pynchon, JD, LLM

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“Kenneth Cloke proposes that conflict resolution be more than therapeutic talk, and a step from social change to social justice. I have known him since the early 60s, and the insights on these pages come not only from the experience of revolt against the status quo, but the complexities of transforming revolt into reforms in everyday life and long-term reconciliation between antagonists. This wonderful book studies conflict resolution not only between human groupings, but between human beings and the planet we continue to destroy.” —Tom Hayden, former California State Senator

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“Kenneth Cloke, an experienced mediator who has spent his life working for social change, uses conflict resolution principles to move us from argument to dialogue, from a culture of conflict to a culture of empathy. A “conflict revolutionist,” Cloke teaches that the primary source of global conflict is social, economic and political inequality. This book provides a prescription for systemic, transformative change. It leads us through the steps to find that delicate balance between justice and peace.” —Marjorie Cohn, former president, National Lawyers Guild

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“In this encyclopedic work based on decades of personal experience, Kenneth Cloke offers a way out for our species: interest-based conflict resolution. Otherwise, we may go the way of the Dodo — and for the same reasons: inability to understand and to take concerted action to meet challenges like global warming, global terrorism and globally destructive weapons.” —Sidney Rittenberg Sr, President, Rittenberg Associates Inc., visiting professor, Pacific Lutheran University

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“Few people today approach conflict with the wisdom and grace of Kenneth Cloke. Far fewer possess the ability to provide a clear and detailed roadmap for resolution and transformation. Cloke’s teachings provide inspiration and courage to those who dream of changing the world, and guidance to those who strive to change themselves. While conflict is a necessary element of the human condition, how we handle it is our choice. This book is a gift to all of us in learning how to make those choices.” —Laurel Kaufer, mediator/arbitrator; founder, Mississippi Mediation Project

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Conflict Revolution transforms traditional intelligence about conflict, peace and human behavior into a comprehensive path forward, for mediators and more importantly for every citizen of our world.” —Anna Spain, law professor, University of Colorado School of Law and former attorney-adviser, U.S. Department of State.

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“Kenneth Cloke’s Conflict Revolution is a powerful and comprehensive argument for justice, harmony and common sense. This seminal book will help teach our children that we can and must live in peace with each other and with the world we share. Conflict Revolution inspires us to aspire to more. Don’t just read this book, carry it with you — as I will.” —Adam Urbanski, president Rochester (NY) Teachers Association, vice president American Federation of Teachers, and director of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) of AFT and NEA Locals.

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“For all those who have wrestled with the increasingly problematic fate of humanity in the face of evil, war, injustice and terrorism, Kenneth Cloke’s incredible message of hope for rescuing our planet by ‘changing the way we change,’ and ‘transforming the way we think about our opponents, conflicts and resistance to change’ — these encourage us not only to transform the world into something better, but as Cloke writes, ‘to do so with smiles on our faces and songs in our hearts.’” —A. Marco Turk, J.D., professor and program director, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding Program, California State University-Dominguez Hills

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“While the power of technology continues to increase the pace of our lives and reduce the distance between people around the globe, violent conflicts simmer within and around communities and throughout the world. Cloke offers keys to the internal and external pathways that can transform us, our relationships and the world in which we live. Combining universal insights with practical application, Cloke helps us understand how the authenticity and power of our similarities, our connectedness and our internal technology can resolve conflicts regardless of the venue, type, complexity or people involved. This book gives us a conflict resolution paradigm though which we can see the realities of where are today and the prospect of what we must do for a better tomorrow.” —Marvin Johnson, Executive Director of the National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and member of the JAMS panel of resolution experts

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“Overwhelmed by the politics of our time? Think it’s all getting worse? Think again. Conflict Revolution will change you profoundly. In the confusions and conflicts of our time lie great opportunities and optimisms. Perhaps even a collective destiny that we can all embrace. If you think that’s airy-fairy, think again. Here’s a book by someone who has walked the talk, who has been there and done it, who has successfully helped people find resolutions in some of the most trying circumstances imaginable. You would think after 25 years of being the middle of other people’s fights, he would see the world darkly. Quite the opposite. Kenneth Cloke’s new book is a lantern. It illuminates and points the way forward.” —Peter S. Adler, former president of The Keystone Center and author of Eye of the Storm Leadership

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“If you only read one book about mediation, it must be Conflict Revolution by Kenneth Cloke. It paints a picture both breathtaking and inspirational of the possibility of peacemaking on a global basis. It needs to be translated into all languages and shared with all people who seek to peacefully change the world. The information is essential to the present task we face together. It serves as a blueprint for what is possible if mediators come together and work in concerto to bring peace to our planet. It will change the way you see the world and your important role in its future. It is a lantern that illuminates and points the way forward.” —Ron Supancic, collaborative law practitioner