Conflict Resolution Speaker Series: MBB Co-founder Kenneth Cloke

MBB-OSU is bringing another big name speaker to OSU as the 5th installment of our Conflict Resolution Speaker Series!  Dr. Kenneth Cloke is a co-founder and past president of Mediators Beyond Borders.  He currently serves as the director of the Center for Dispute Resolution:

Kenneth Cloke has served as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant and trainer. Ken 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. Ken also provides services in designing conflict resolution systems for organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author of many books and journal articles.” – Center for Dispute Resolution

Dr. Cloke will be joining us on May 15, 2012 to present his talk: “Conflict Revolution: Mediating the Chronic Sources of Social, Economic, Political and Environmental Conflicts — How Mediators Can Help Save the Planet”

  • What is our responsibility as dispute resolvers for the environmental, social, economic and political conflicts that are occurring around us?
  • Can we apply conflict resolution principles to the inequalities, inequities, and dysfunctions that fuel chronic political, economic and social conflicts?
  • Are we not implicitly responsible for learning to address and resolve global conflicts beyond our borders, helping to eliminate their chronic sources, and contributing to the redesign of conflict generating structures, processes, institutions and practices, so as to prevent their recurrence?
  • How can mediators and dispute resolution practitioners contribute?
  • And how do we bring these changes about without recreating the very problems we seek to solve?

This talk will examine the role mediators can play in helping to resolve chronic complex global conflicts, and identify ways of acting locally and internationally to build conflict resolution capacity around the world and help create a “conflict revolution.”

When: 4pm, May 15, 2012

Where: Oregon State University Memorial Union (MU) 206.

Luncheon Q&A with Dr. Cloke: Interested students and community members are welcome to join us on the day of the talk (5/15) from 12-1pm in MU 109 for a luncheon Q&A session with Dr. Cloke.  Food will be provided!

Cosponsors: We are able to host this event thanks to an Educational Actvities (EdAct) grant and funding from OSU’s Team Liberation.  Thanks to our cosponsors!

MBB is hosting a FREE mediation training!

When: April 14, 15, 21, and 22 (four full days, 32 hours)

Where: Oregon State University Campus, room TBD

What: Neighbor2Neighbor (N2N) Mediation is running a four day, 32 hour conflict resolution training workshop.  This 32 hour training counts as a state recognized professional qualification for mediators. Participants will learn communication skills, effective interest-based negotiation, conflict resolution theory and mediation techniques from a highly skilled trainer. The training will include lots of interactive exercises and mediation practice with former graduates of the training program (many of whom are OSU students or alumni). Upon graduation, students will have a solid understanding of the causes of conflict, mediation techniques, the role of the mediator, the ethics of mediation, the “business” of mediation and cross-cultural considerations. This training will also prepare students to mediate basic on-campus and community disputes.

Why: Conflict is a normal and inescapable element of human relationships and institutions. It is important to remember, however, that conflict brings with it the potential for reflection and constructive change.  Thus, it is essential that students be provided with the appropriate skills and venues to work through conflict that might arise in their personal, academic or professional lives. Traditional “chain of command” pathways for dealing with conflict in the university setting are intimidating for many students, often hard to negotiate, and can fail to take advantage of opportunities to transform personal relationships or spark systemic change. Student mediation offers an alternative form of conflict resolution that may be more accessible to the study body and can create more sustainable solutions to inter-personal and institutional conflict.

Who: Any OSU student can apply to take part in the free mediation training.  As many as 24 students will be selected to participate!

How: Apply by filling out the Mediation Training Application – Due March 19 and sending it to Harmony Burright via email (mediators@oregonstate.edu) or through campus mail (Wilkinson 104).

Grad Student Forums

Several OSU MBB members facilitated small group discussions about the quality of the graduate education experience at Oregon State University.  After four grad student forums, the results of the discussions were compiled into a report for the graduate school.  The OSU grad school will be using this report to help formulate their five-year plan and improve the OSU grad student experience!

You can check out the report here: Open Forums Project Final Report, February 2012