Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy: How to Discuss Difficult, Contentious and Other Hot Political Topics

We are in the midst of a global political crisis, filled with hostility, hatred and personal attacks, and half the people won’t talk to the other half. The problem is, we haven’t figured out yet how to talk to each other about political ideas and beliefs, or discuss our disagreements in ways that might lead to learning, win/win outcomes, increased empathy, mutual understanding and joint problem solving. Yet we are all citizens of the same countries and care about their future.

Join Ken Cloke as he probes and discusses such tough and timely questions such as: How, then, do we talk to each other about difficult and dangerous issues? How do we exercise our responsibility as citizens without losing what we’ve learned as mediators, negotiators and conflict resolvers? How do we advocate for what we believe in without becoming biased and adversarial? What is an interest-based form of political discourse? What higher order skills do we require for democracy to work? How do we conduct meaningful discussions of highly contentious, values-based topics without degenerating into pointless diatribes? How do we respond democratically and humanely to authoritarian and inhumane actions? How do we build trust between adversaries in difficult circumstances where time is limited, history is long and positions have hardened? Are we slipping into fascism, how can we know, and if we are, what do we do about it as mediators? So many questions, so few answers.

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Kenneth Cloke
Kenneth Cloke

This live and in-real-time course presents a unique opportunity to interact with Ken Cloke, often described as one of the original world pioneers of mediation. He is one of two founders of Mediators Beyond Borders, International and served as its first President and Chair of the Board. As Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, Mr. Cloke has served as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant, and trainer. He specializes in resolving complex multi-party conflicts which include: community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining, negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes. He also provides services in designing conflict resolution systems for organizations. Mr. Cloke is a nationally recognized speaker and best-selling author of many books and journal articles on mediation.

Completion of this course earns four (4) credit hours of interactive, virtual classroom time.

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