Negotiating Beyond Boundaries
POSTED ON April 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

I had the good fortune to attend an inspiring talk by Israeli negotiator, Moty Cristal, at the ABA dispute resolution conference in Washington. A veteran of many of the toughest negotiations in the Middle East, he affirmed many of the key messages about negotiation as...

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Mediation or Meditation - the Missing Link?
POSTED ON March 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

What is it that makes mediation such an effective process for so many disputes? Why do so many long-running conflicts reach a solution in a day of mediation? Is there some sort of magic in what the mediator does? At the start of a mediation...

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Mediation Representation: new book
POSTED ON March 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

I recently received a copy of the second edition of Hal Abramson's excellent publication: Mediation Representation. Published by Oxford University Press, this is a comprehensive guide for those representing clients in mediation--and to negotiation generally. It is written for the market outside North America and...

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Game Theory
POSTED ON February 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

I have recently been studying Game Theory but only superficially (see Game Theory and the Humanities (Brams) and Super Cooperators (Nowak, a brilliant book). My son, David is studying the real thing at the moment at university. Recently, he sent me the lecture slides for his...

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Towards Better Dialogue? - Part 2
POSTED ON March 05, 2012 | Comments (0)

I finished last week's post with this: Arguably we need to learn a new way of conversing, moving from debate to dialogue. What might this new learning involve? Here are some thoughts. Undoubtedly, there is a process to follow, which will enhance dialogue. Firstly, we...

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A Civil Justice Council for Scotland?
POSTED ON January 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

Core recently responded to the consultation on a proposed Scottish Civil Justice Council. We expressed the view that this proposal seems to be an essential component in delivering an effective system of dispute resolution in Scotland in the future. We said that having a broad-based...

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Towards Better Dialogue?
POSTED ON February 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

This post is an excerpt from a fuller piece on mediate.com - link here. Much has been written about the need for better dialogue in Scotland and the world as we seek to find effective ways to address some of the seemingly intractable issues we...

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Core's 2011 Records
POSTED ON January 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

We are delighted that Core has reported significant growth in 2011, our tenth anniversary year. The number of mediation days increased by just under 30% to nearly 100 in the year. Geographically, our mediators and facilitators acted in 24 different locations throughout Scotland and elsewhere, with nearly...

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Finishing Well
POSTED ON January 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

We spend a lot of time as mediators and trainers focussing on how we start mediation. Private meetings? Joint sessions? Breakfast with the parties? Summaries and other documents? Initial telephone contact prior to the day? And so on.... But we spend less time on how...

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Bargaining with the Devil?
POSTED ON December 08, 2011 | Comments (0)

Harvard Professor, Robert Mnookin, in Bargaining with the Devil, poses the question: should we ever negotiate with evil? At a presentation in Oxford recently, he suggested that we should probably do so more often than we might think. There should be a presumption in favour...

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