Abraham Lincoln sought compromise. So should we.
POSTED ON May 26, 2020 | Comments (0)

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser, in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There...

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John Sturrock's Podcasts
POSTED ON May 26, 2020 | Comments (0)

A series of podcasts on how to handle difficult situations and have better conversations. Including handling disagreements, asking questions, listening, giving feedback, separating people from the problem. Listen here; transcripts also available.

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World leaders must set aside rivalry to fight this scourge
POSTED ON April 21, 2020 | Comments (0)

“The only thing which will redeem mankind is co-operation,” observed the philosopher Bertrand Russell. Perhaps only a real crisis is enabling us truly to appreciate what this means and what it might take. What if one of our world leaders wrote to their counterparts in...

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Communication more important than ever
POSTED ON March 30, 2020 | Comments (0)

I have been writing articles for the Scotsman law pages for many years. Occasionally it has been difficult to find a topic or a theme. But this must be the most difficult of all. What does one say which has any meaning at a time...

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The only thing which will redeem mankind is cooperation
POSTED ON March 17, 2020 | Comments (0)

The only thing which will redeem mankind is cooperation “The only thing which will redeem mankind is cooperation” said the philosopher Bertrand Russell. Perhaps only a real crisis will enable us truly to appreciate what this means and what it takes. The impact of the...

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The World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change?
POSTED ON February 03, 2020 | Comments (0)

The World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change?   “The ground is so wet; it wasn’t like this in the past. We can’t get started on this year’s soil preparation.” In a recent mediation involving farmers, this was the response to my early inquiry about how...

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Can lawyers do their jobs and still act with 'kindness'?
POSTED ON February 03, 2020 | Comments (0)

Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating a session at Scotland’s Citizens Assembly at which politicians from four political parties took the opportunity to discuss with the Assembly members (more than 100 people randomly recruited from across Scotland) their vision for the future of the...

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We Can Each Make a Difference in 2020
POSTED ON December 28, 2019 | Comments (0)

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the festive season is receiving and reading books that one might not have come across otherwise. This year, I have been enjoying two quite contrasting works of literature. The first is a Manual for Spectrum Agents (Haynes Publishing) providing “detailed...

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Post Election Reflections
POSTED ON December 18, 2019 | Comments (0)

The Scotsman newspaper asserted in its editorial on Saturday 14 December that “Humility, respect and compromise can be good politics”. That is surely a welcome reflection on what now seems essential in our national life. Whatever our perspective, we must accept that, under the present...

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Civility in politics should not be too much to hope for
POSTED ON December 10, 2019 | Comments (0)

As many of us wrestle with the question of where to place our cross on Thursday, perhaps we need to approach our choice differently. Suppose we believe that the biggest concern is how we do politics, rather than any particular policy. Suppose we wish to...

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