The abuse of power must be understood, not just condemned
POSTED ON January 05, 2018 | Comments (0)

We have heard a lot recently about abuse of power. Most publicly, it has manifested itself in various allegations of sexual misdemeanour in the political and entertainment worlds. It follows earlier scandals about expenses and other misuse of public funds. These are usually characterised as...

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Restoring Autonomy to the Clients – A Mediator's True Calling?
POSTED ON November 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

A whole day of mediation without a “joint meeting”. The only time the lawyers met was to begin drafting the settlement agreement. The experts played no part. The day before, the principals had exchanged correspondence deprecating perceived personal insults directed at professional advisers which, it...

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On the road to solutions that work for all
POSTED ON November 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

‘You’re the first group of people who have come here that I’ve spoken to in 40-50 years to talk about matters based purely and simply on having a conversation”. These remarkable observations were made by a local community councillor in a remote part of the...

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Better Conversations and Respectful Dialogue
POSTED ON October 31, 2017 | Comments (9)

So much to blog about this month. We had a really great time in Edinburgh with Ken Cloke recently. Ken kindly agreed to be our first Patron for Collaborative Scotland.  We held an event in the Scottish Parliament for leaders of civic Scotland and a...

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Your Truth, My Truth and The Truth
POSTED ON September 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Contributed by Charlie Woods The story of the blindfolded people who each approach an elephant from different angles (shown in the image below) is a good illustration of how multiple truths can exist depending on the perspective you take. Different views can often be the...

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Meet in the middle to settle differences
POSTED ON August 21, 2017 | Comments (1)

I was in Dublin recently, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution professionals. It was a privilege to spend time at Glencree, the centre for peace and reconciliation where so much has been done behind the scenes to ease...

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Bolt and Brexit teach us that the world is imperfect
POSTED ON August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Along with millions of others I hoped that Usain Bolt would be victorious in his final 100 metres race. It was not to be. Bolt was not invincible after all. Isn’t that a relief? Even the superheroes among us are not perfect. There is beauty...

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Knowing our Neighbours – a Mediator's Reflection
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I am travelling back from a couple of days in and around Dublin, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution professionals. It was a privilege to spend time at Glencree, the centre for peace and reconciliation which was one...

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Investing in Your Future
POSTED ON June 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

About twelve months ago, I reluctantly attended a seminar in a classy hotel in London. A friend had encouraged me to go. I turned up rather late, missing the networking breakfast. I got my iPad out and got on with my emails as the speaker...

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The Mike Jones Excellence in Advocacy Prize
POSTED ON June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Pictured (L-R): Dr Kirsty Hood QC, Steve Bell, Fiona Jones and John Surrock QC The family of the late Lord “Mike” Jones and the Faculty of Advocates have announced an annual prize in his name for excellence in advocacy. Lord Jones had “a passion for...

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