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!


Conflict Resolution Speaker Series: Renowned Environmental Lawyer Richard Roos-Collins

As part of our Conflict Resolution Speaker Series, the OSU Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders is proud to present a seminar by renowned environmental lawyer and negotiator Richard Roos-Collins!  We are thrilled to have the opportunity (courtesy of an OSU Educational Activities Grant) to bring such a formidable expert to speak on the OSU campus!  Mark your calendars, because this will be a BIG event!

  • Speaker: Richard Roos-Collins, environmental lawyer (see bio below)
  • Presentation title: Developing collaborative solutions to complex, multi-party disputes – case studies in the Klamath Basin and California Bay-Delta
  • When: April 12, 5:00pm
  • Where: Owen 103, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

About Richard Roos-Collins

Since 1991, Roos-Collins has represented conservation and fishing groups, public agencies, and property owners in cases to restore aquatic ecosystems in a manner that contributes to sustainability of our power supplies and economy. Richard emphasizes settlements and other collaborative solutions to complex multi-party disputes. Most recently, Richard represented American Rivers in the Klamath Negotiations and was a lead drafter and negotiator of the Klamath Agreements.

He represents California Trout in the Mono Lake Cases (1991–present), which established a rule of law that water rights must protect public trust resources. Roos-Collins is a founder  and a director of Hydropower Reform Coalition (Washington, D.C.); Chairman of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (Portland, ME); and Co- Chair, Agricultural Water Management Council (Sacramento, CA). He was a member of the Delta Stewardship Council (2010), deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice (1989–1991), and attorney- advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel (1986–1989).

Roos-Collins teaches Water Resources Law and Policy at USF School of Law. Richard graduated from Harvard Law School (1986, honors) and Princeton University (B.A., 1975, high honors).

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If you are interested in meeting with Roos-Collins during his visit, or have any questions, please contact Kara DiFrancesco (

Conflict Resolution Speaker Series: Aja Decoteau

Yale grad Aja Decoteau will be joining us Monday, 2/27 at 5pm (location: Burt 193) for an informal seminar and discussion of her work with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)! CRITFC is a collaboration between several Columbia Basin tribes working to improve fisheries management. Aja is a young professional and a friend of Kara’s (OSU MBB member), and we look forward to hearing about her experiences!

This event is the third installment of the Conflict Resolution Speaker Series sponsored by Mediators Beyond Borders, OSU Chapter. Previous speakers included Dena Marshall of Marshall Mediation and Robyn Paulekas of the Meridian Institute.