Mediation Services Matter in Scotland
POSTED ON October 05, 2016 | Comments (0)
As I reflect on things, there are a lot of issues in the civil justice system in my country which remain of interest and concern. Not least, the number of ordinary folk caught up in the court system, paying a lot of money and spending...
POSTED ON September 20, 2016 | Comments (0)
The Olympics have come and gone with all of the emotion and inspiration they bring. In our recent, fully-subscribed, residential Summer School on mediation skills for leaders, we reflected on the learning from Rio. We watched a video replay of the men’s taekwondo -80kg final...
Agenda: It will require wisdom and maturity as we ponder the complexities of our place in the EU and UK
POSTED ON August 03, 2016 | Comments (1)
There seem to be at least four possible outcomes for Scotland’s constitutional future: (i) independence, neither in the UK nor in the EU; (ii) independence within the EU; (iii) part of a UK which has Brexited, and (iv) part of the UK within the EU,...
Book Review - Poacher's Pilgrimage
POSTED ON July 27, 2016 | Comments (0)
The human ecologist, Alastair McIntosh has already established his credentials as one of Scotland’s greatest living authors. Soil and Soul and Hell and High Water achieved that a few years ago and, since then, Island Spirituality and Spiritual Activism (co-authored with Matt Carmichael) have kept...
The pressure is on to re-train our brains
POSTED ON August 01, 2016 | Comments (0)
“There must be different ways of doing this….” opined my taxi driver as we discussed the recent return to the use of strike action as a way of expressing frustration at changed employment conditions. He meant that direct action like this, however well-intentioned, causes all...
Further Thoughts on Brexit and Caledonian Antisyzygy
POSTED ON July 29, 2016 | Comments (0)
This blog is a further reflection on the implications of Brexit, viewed from a Scottish perspective. There are at least four possible outcomes for Scotland’s constitutional future. One, Scotland as wholly independent, neither in the UK nor in the EU. Two, as an independent...
Why everyone needs to feel like a winner in the Brexit negotiations
POSTED ON July 05, 2016 | Comments (0)
As we approach months of negotiations among the many parties involved in Brexit, and Scotland’s place in Europe and indeed the UK, what techniques might we hope to see applied? Classic negotiation theory emphasises “positional bargaining”, ie arguing for your own position with a win/lose,...
Reflecting on Two Long Mediation Days......
POSTED ON June 20, 2016 | Comments (2)
John Sturrock, with recently trained mediator, Anna Howard* “Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar” “Traveller, there is no path, the path must be forged as you walk.” Antonio Machado, as quoted and translated in Daring Greatly, Brene Brown Those were two...
Mediation Reports and Reviews in Scotland - there's more to do!
POSTED ON June 14, 2016 | Comments (0)
Recently, I have been looking through some reviews into how we resolve disputes in Scotland. The first to catch my eye was a report by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in early 2002, recording numerous recommendations by an expert panel chaired by the former Lord...
Nipping Construction (and other) Disputes in the Bud
POSTED ON May 06, 2016 | Comments (0)
"The one thing I'd do differently is that I'd contact you and have a proper conversation about this before it went off the rails completely. Nip it in the bud. The guys on the ground were too close to it. We stopped working on site,...