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Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution



Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution

Kenneth Cloke

ISBN: 978-0-787-95929-6 February 2002 Jossey-Bass 272 Pages

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Sometimes it's necessary to push beyond the usual limits of themediation process to achieve deeper and more lasting change.Mediating Dangerously shows how to reach beyond technical andtraditional intervention to the outer edges and dark places ofdispute resolution, where risk taking is essential and fundamentalchange is the desired result. It means opening wounds and lookingbeneath the surface, challenging comfortable assumptions, andexploring dangerous issues such as dishonesty, denial, apathy,domestic violence, grief, war, and slavery in order to reach adeeper level of transformational change.

Mediating Dangerously shows conflict resolution professionals howto advance beyond the traditional steps, procedures, and techniquesof mediation to unveil its invisible heart and soul and to revealthe subtle and sensitive engine that drives the process of personaland organizational transformation. This book is a major newcontribution to the literature of conflict resolution that willinspire and educate professionals in the field for years to come.

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.


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.
"Mediating Dangerously is, as all of Cloke's books, a book to buy."(The Texas Mediator, January 2002)

"Cloke writes with passion...." (Dispute Resolution Journal,October 2002)"If you want to stretch your thinking about the art of mediation,Ken Cloke's new book is for you. Mediating Dangerously is packedwith enough thought-provoking ideas for ten books." --WilliamUry, author, The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We CanStop

"Cloke has tremendous insight into the psychology of themediation process and its potential for profound impact on themediator as well as the disputing parties. One of the mostprovocative and useful new books in the field." --ChristopherMoore, managing partner, CDR Associates, and author of TheMediation Process: Practical Strategies for ResolvingConflict

Mediating Dangerously presents an invaluable mediating model andprocess for systemic change and conflict resolution. KennethCloke's ideas can be applied to developing new justice models andaddressing racism, xenophobia, ethnic and national minorityconflict, and international conflict. His approach is inspiring andinnovative." --Ray Schonholtz, president, Partners forDemocratic Change

"Shows how a trained ear, an open mind, a respectful andintuitive stance, and humane values can lay the foundation for abroad and flexible repertoire of effective third-party practices."--Laura Chasin, director, Public Conversations Project,Watertown, Massachusetts

"Gather a few friends and colleagues around the fireplace, breakopen a bottle of sherry, pick a chapter of Ken Cloke's MediatingDangerously and prepare for an evening of mind-sparkingconversation." --Albie Davis