Core helps people in business, organisations and the public sector to find quick, constructive and creative solutions to disputes and other difficult situations.
We work throughout the UK and beyond, providing a high quality, independent mediation and facilitation service, as well as specialist coaching and training.
Friday, 29 September 2017
10am - 3.30pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Ken Cloke, one of the leading writers and thinkers in the field of conflict, will join with Core's founder and senior mediator, John Sturrock, for a day of reflections on conflict, why it happens and how we can manage it.
"How little we know about each other. We are prepared to make assumptions, however. And judgements. These tendencies can be detrimental to building the kind of sustainable relationships which will enable us to survive and thrive, whoever and wherever we are. The same applies, of course, to the commercial disputes in which many of us participate."Read more
"There is beauty in that imperfection, recognition that life cannot be shaped according to our wishes all the time. It seems important to accept that. How gracious Bolt was in defeat, treating winning and losing just the same. That seems more important even than victory."
John Sturrock's latest article, published in The Times on 10 August 2017.
An exploration of nostalgia and how one role of a mediator is, at times, to help parties overcome this feeling and let matters go...
Also published in The Scotsman on 26 June 2017.
John Sturrock's recent piece in The Times. Everyone, especially leaders, could benefit from engaging thought, intellect, compassion and reciprocity, rather than defaulting to language, rhetoric and posturing which at times is reminiscent of warfare.Read more
"One of the great things about mediation is that it enables you to be creative and to try new things. Not that long ago, I had four innovations occur in one mediation day...."Read more
John Sturrock recently attended the annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution conference in San Francisco. Here is a top ten of the themes that emerged as critical for modern lawyers.Read more
On the day that the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of a second independence referendum (and the day before the Prime Minister of the UK Government was due to sign the Article 50 Letter announcing Britain’s withdrawal from the EU), Core held an event simulating a mediation process with delegations representing all the major stakeholders in the current Brexit negotiations. Here’s what happened.Read more
"Where it is logistically possible (and that may only be in some cases), I have recently begun to suggest that I meet with parties and their lawyers on the evening before the full mediation day. I find I make a lot of progress during these times. This approach brought about a really useful moment in a recent mediation."Read more
John Sturrock's recent article published, in part, in the Scotsman on 27 February 2017.Read more
Game theory suggests that mediation could add value compared to pure negotiation, even when the parties are supremely rational, wholly self-interested agents, subject to none of the cognitive biases and other such psychological (or apparently irrational) impediments to negotiation that permeate everyday life. We believe that this aspect of mediation’s value is relatively underplayed and under-discussed, at least in some forums.Read more
John Sturrock shares examples from two very different mediations, each challenging some assumptions about what can be achieved – and how.Read more
There is no doubt that clients are looking for alternatives to court, a phenomenon experienced around the world. Mediation is a well tested and, for many, well trusted route to effective and satisfactory resolution.Read more
"Alienation, disenfranchisement and despair seen more rife in the western world than ever before. There is no alternative but to try to understand why – and, more difficult, do something about it."Read more
Reflections on a busy month, a changing world and a need for respectful dialogue at all times.Read more
John Sturrock was recently featured in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation, in which he is listed as one of the world’s leading mediators, discussing recent developments in the market, the changing nature of cases and the future of mediation.
Although the use of mediation services is firmly established now in commercial matters in Scotland, there are a significantly greater number of the cases in our civil courts that could be resolved much earlier through the use of mediation.Read more
Read the latest mediation features and events in Core's Autumn e-newsletter.Read more
Registration is now open for our 2017 Spring School.Read more
A guest blog post written by a recent participant on Core's flagship Mediation Training Course.Read more
Thank you for the energy, intellect and enthusiasm you shared with us this week. Rarely do you get to be on a course with a facilitator who has such a broad range....
I have found the course to be a positive and inspiring experience, which has challenged my professional practices and caused me to consider what is important. It should be compulsory!
With the excellent record I've had with Core and mediation as a process, I will continue to consider this form of ADR in all the claims I handle!
I thought the course was superb - one of the most fulfilling (albeit difficult) experiences I have ever had….it has made me think very differently about what I have been doing for the last 20...
Thank you enormously for your contribution - it has saved vast expense, energy and doubtless nervous exhaustion for all. A great advert for mediation in general, and Core in particular.
In 20 years of attending educational and skills training courses, I am happy to say that this was the most informative, useful and enjoyable I have yet been to.
My colleagues both work on very high profile projects which require them to deal with a good deal of conflict and I consider your course to be the best there is in helping anyone to...