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.
This is an example of one way a mediator might encourage parties in mediation to engage with each other at an early stage. Filmed in Athens, September 2018.Read more
This article in the November edition of Insider, in which John Sturrock was interviewed, discusses the impact of Brexit on dispute resolution in Scotland.Read more
What effect can negotiating over a cuppa have during a mediation?Read more
"At a recent excellent conference hosted by Professor Ulla Glaesser at Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder), one of the workshop sessions focussed on the extent to which mediators can or should disclose or express their views when engaged in politically-related mediation work – or more generally."Read more
"Not long ago, I read a review of Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. The message contained in it was so stark that I found myself temporarily paralysed with fear about the future."Read more
"I don't understand how you British could give up so easily. We've been trying for years to get into the EU. People lost their lives. You call it a prison. You have no understanding of what it is like for us. We know about prisons. Your Brexit vote was demoralising and played into the hands of anti-Europeans in my country."Read more
"In a period of a little over 72 hours, everything I have learned in the past twenty years and all the roles I have aspired to play converged in a remarkable series of events..."Read more
"'The last great act of a courageous leader is to let go', I suggested to the CEO as he pondered whether this was in fact a good time to step down.... He was holding on for his own reasons, unsure what the future would hold for him, uncertain about what he would do and where he could turn. He needed a prompt, permission, to accept responsibility.."Read more
Training opportunities, forthcoming events, mediation articles and blogs and other pieces for your interest.Read more
Earlier this year, John Sturrock commented on the first of Lord Hope’s Diaries. He now reflects on the latest volume, which covers Lord Hope’s time as Lord President and is a fascinating account of a rapidly changing era.
Originally published in The Scotsman on 3 September 2018.Read more
“Some ideas take seed... so, here is another seed. What might we do to reassert our sense of identity as part of the whole? How might might we express our need for, and dependence on, each other, as an antidote to isolation, silos and alienation?”Read more
The appointment of the new Cabinet Secretary for Justice is a good opportunity to ask some questions: What kind of dispute resolution system do we wish to encourage in contemporary Scotland? How should public money and resources be deployed to achieve the best results?...
Originally published as an article in The Scotsman on 6 August 2018.Read more
"If we are to add real value and take this field to where it needs to go, we simply must keep paddling, persevering, trying to acquire greater mastery of the difficult stuff, and overcoming our fear of social failure or appearance of technical incompetence."Read more
"President Trump’s visit has provoked much comment on the behaviour and attitudes demonstrated by this most unusual man. Not so much attention has been paid to what lies beneath. Just what makes a man act and speak as he does? An answer may lie in his Scottish roots." Originally published in The Times.Read more
Residential Summer School, Reflections on IAM Conference and visit by William Ury and more...Read more
This article, originally published in The Scotsman, was written in the aftermath of the annual International Academy of Mediators conference that took place in Edinburgh on 10-12 May. During the conference, nearly 100 mediators signed a declaration setting out what they believe in and commit to.Read more
"It is becoming more and more evident that a binary approach to important political questions is no longer fit for purpose. It is also fairly obvious that the certainties of the past will no longer afford security in the future. We live in an uncertain, ambiguous and somewhat paradoxical world. We need to find ways to enable our decision-making to be confidently nuanced, subject to change, provisional, open to multiple options, willing to adapt." Originally published in The Scotsman.Read more
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John Sturrock's recent article published in the Times on 10 May 2018 discussing the 1983 Edinburgh Conversations and whether Scotland can aspire to play a similar role in today's world.Read more
After finishing the second module of Core's Mediation Skills Training Course, one of the participants sent an email with an interesting question: Can someone be a mediator when their instinct is to fight for the underdog?Read more
You did a superb job to get two sides with very entrenched views to come to an agreement. You produced a calm environment that enabled all the detail to be debated in a constructive way.
Many thanks. I found that exhilarating, exhausting, uncomfortable and necessary all in equal measure. You were brilliant.
The group absolutely loved the workshop. It was presented in the right tone, assertive yet respectfully and calmly nurturing. The conversations that I have had with them truly reflect an 11 out of 10 type of feedback.
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...
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