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”The Greatest Challenges of Our Democracy” with Ken Cloke (Part 1/2)

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“What if we don’t have to have enemies?”

This inaugural episode is part one of a powerful two-part conversation with Ken Cloke, a mediator with nearly 40 years’ experience.

In this inaugural episode of the Omni-Win Project Podcast, Duncan welcomes Ken Cloke, a mediator and conflict resolution practitioner with nearly 40 years of experience. As Duncan’s mentor, Ken has inspired the creation of this engaging podcast.

This is part one of a powerful two-part conversation with Ken Cloke. Duncan and Ken discuss the relationship between conflict and politics, introducing new lenses through which we can view our political culture. Are you ready to see conflict in a new light?

Part 2 Here


  • Ken talks about the greatest challenges democracy faces right now.
  • Learn about the three forms of democracy and how we’re getting it wrong.
  • Discover why nuance is so vital in our complex world.
  • Understand why collaboration in decision-making is crucial.
  • Learn how conflict resolution tools can maximize the search for the highest common good.
  • Uncover why democracy fails and how people use it as a weapon.
  • Appreciate how important it is for us to overcome the adversarial nature of nation-states.
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Ken Cloke

About this episode’s guest

Ken Cloke is a tireless advocate for bringing the world of conflict resolution and interest-based mediation into the world of our politics and culture to help us create change. He is the author of many books, including Mediating Dangerously, Conflict Revolution, and Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy. He’s also the founder of Mediators Beyond Borders International and one of the founding leaders of the Democracy, Politics, and Conflict Engagement Initiative (DPACE).

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In this essay I talk about “omnipartiality.” It is my guiding values system and is a word coined by Ken Cloke in his book Mediating Dangerously.


This video was inspired by the module that I co-wrote with Ken in the  The Conflict Literacy Framework from the DPACE Initiative:

“Understanding the Sources of Social and Political Conflict”

About The Omni-Win Project

The Omni-Win Project is a multimedia effort to raise awareness of the myriad existing and emergent opportunities to improve our democracy and heal our political culture.

Our mission: facilitating the healing and evolution of our democratic systems and political culture, so that we can co-create a future that works for everyone.

Meet The Host

I am omnipartial: I am biased in favor of the success of everyone and the whole. I believe it is possible to improve systems of communication and interaction in ways that will allow humanity to thrive and evolve through our complexity and diversity.

My purpose in life is to support an omnipartial revolution. How? By helping the world understand the fractal nature of conflict and how we can transform conflict into a positive and inspiring experience. We are all in this together. I firmly believe we can do this complex dance through life with much more grace and beauty.

I am specifically committed to transforming how we work together in teams and organizations and how we experience conflict and collaboration in our democracy.

Fractal Friends

Duncan is also the host of the Fractal Friends podcast. An exploration of our self-similary across our diversity.

Fans of the Omni-Win project podcast will enjoy this collection of episodes: https://www.fractalfriends.us/transforming-politics about Transforming Politics and Healing Democracy

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