What ADR Book Are You Reading? The Magic in Mediation: A Book by Ken Cloke -Quotes February 2024 By EVA


“Anyone who has mediated even a few disputes is likely to have experienced magic in mediation and would very much like to do so again. But if asked where this magic came from, how it happened, what it consisted of, and how they might replicate it, most would be hard-pressed to answer.

These unanswered questions, of course, form part of what makes any experience feel magical. But they are also the beginning of all arts and sciences. If we want to explore the magic in mediation more deeply, or explain the “fuzzy logic” that turns conflict into resolution, or consciously replicate these moving experiences, we need to unfold, unpack, dissect, and demystify the “miracles” of resolution we experience in mediation, hopefully without cancelling, mangling, or eviscerating them in the process. By magic, I do not mean illusion, trickery, sleight-of-hand, or superstition, but the very real, unpredictable metamorphosis of impasse into resolution.”

Ken Cloke, Author: The Magic in Mediation A Search for Symmetries, Metaphors and Scale-Free Practices pg,48


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What ADR Book Are You Reading? The Magic in Mediation with Author Ken Cloke #podcast #EVA

I am excited about the upcoming #podcast episode on ‘Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Vid/Podcast Show’ featuring a renowned ADR Legend and a thought leader in Dispute Resolution- Professor Kenneth Cloke. He is the Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party conflicts, including community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes, and in designing preventative conflict resolution systems for organisations.

He has mediated conflicts and taught dispute resolution in over 20 countries. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Harvard University’s School of Law and Amsterdam University’s Institute on Dispute Resolution. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author of Mediation: Revenge and the Magic of Forgiveness; Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution; Conflict Revolution (1st and 2nd Editions); and The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems DesignPolitics, Dialogue and the Evolution of DemocracyWords of Wisdom; and co-author with Joan Goldsmith of Thank God It’s Monday! 14 Values We Need to Humanize the Way We Work; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict; The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy; The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work; and Resolving Conflicts At Work: Ten Strategies For Everyone On The Job (1st-3rd Editions) and The Magic in Mediation A Search for Symmetries, Metaphors and Scale-Free Practices– amongst others.

Prof Ken’s teaching includes mediation, law, history, political science, conflict studies, urban studies, and other topics at several colleges and universities.  He has done conflict resolution work in Africa, Armenia, Australia, Austria, #Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, #Cuba, Denmark, England, Georgia, #Greece, India, Ireland, #Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, #Pakistan, #Puerto Rico, #Scotland, #Slovenia, Spain, #Thailand, #Turkey, Ukraine, USSR, and Zimbabwe.

He served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board, a Factfinder for the Public Employment Relations Board, and a #judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles.

He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Law School; Ph.D. from U.C.L.A.; LLM from U.C.L.A. Law School; and did post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law.  He is a graduate of the National Judicial College and has taken graduate-level courses in a variety of subjects.

Kenneth Cloke is the key founder and leader of Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB). He has assembled a team of dedicated conflict resolution professionals to implement the mission of MBB. He is currently involved with MBB’s developing Rwanda project as the Board Liaison.

P.S: Grab a copy of the book (The Magic in Mediation A Search for Symmetries, Metaphors and Scale-Free Practices) on Amazon with the link  below:



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What ADR Book are you Reading? We’re Here to Help When Guardianship Goes Wrong

What ADR Book are you reading?

Pour moi-meme, I look forward to reading and reviewing the intriguing researched book ‘We’re Here to Help when Guardianship Goes Wrong’ by the award-winning investigative journalist and author Diane Dimond.

Excerpts from the Book’s Synopsis

‘The book examined the troubling concerns surrounding the guardianship/conservatorship system and its mishandling by the American legal system.’ “The state-run guardianship system, called conservatorship in some states, is largely unregulated, ill-understood, and increasingly populated by financially motivated predators. Just how the secretive world of guardianship works and its real-life effects remained a mystery to most until the very public case of pop star Britney Spears. It suddenly became clear that those conscripted into the system lose all their civil rights in the process. Currently, there are an estimated 1.5 to 2 million Americans under court control, but precise figures are not known as no government entity keeps track of citizens who have lost the right to determine their own fate.

Established in the late 1800s, the guardianship system was designed to assist the most vulnerable citizens: the elderly and the physically or intellectually disabled.”

Thought-provoking. Right? The first question that came to mind when I read the book’s synopsis was, ‘Can ( Appropriate / Alternative Dispute Resolution) provide a viable reform solution’?  

You can share in the comment section, ‘What ADR book are you reading or looking forward to reading?’ Let us continue the conversation and spread the much-needed awareness about the benefits of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Author’s Bio

Dimond may be best known for breaking the story of child molestation allegations against singer Michael Jackson in late 1993 and again in 2003 and following the story through the entertainer’s criminal trial in 2005-Dimond’s book, “Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case.”


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