Open and Closed Doors – A Mediator's Tale
POSTED ON November 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

I’ll start with a story. Bear with me as it unfolds. I’ll discuss the learning later. Here goes: The door closed behind me and I descended the stairs. I often take the stairs in hotels to get some exercise. Sometimes, the stairs combine as a...

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When stepping back may be best way forward for legal eagles
POSTED ON October 05, 2015 | Comments (0)

Apparently, Harvard University has developed a module for its first-year undergraduates entitled Reflecting on Your Life. It is reported that before they get stuck in the grind of academic achievement, students are encouraged to ask themselves some questions: what are their deepest values? How do...

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The Client as Decision-Maker
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The silence was palpable. Saying nothing is hard enough in normal circumstances. It’s doubly hard when sitting alongside the key players in a mediation, watching them inch towards a better understanding of what they need to do to achieve the deal they know they need...

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Mediating for the Long Game
POSTED ON September 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

In recent weeks, I have had the privilege of mediating and facilitating in different matters with representatives of four governments . On one occasion they were on the same “side”; on another, notionally on different sides. A common theme to emerge was the needs and...

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Get out of the way!
POSTED ON September 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

“The best thing you can do is step aside and let others get on with it…….” This remark from a member of the audience took me rather by surprise. It came at the end of our third, and final, event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...

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Keep Mediation and Arbitration Separate?
POSTED ON August 28, 2015 | Comments (6)

My wife and I recently spent a very convivial evening at the beautiful home in Sydney of leading Australian mediator Alan Limbury and his wife, Dr. Rosemary Howell, who coaches a team from the University of New South Wales in the annual ICC mediation competition....

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Seismic Change in Mediator's Role
POSTED ON August 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

I began this piece in Christchurch, New Zealand. Nothing quite prepares you for seeing a first world city that looks in parts like a Third World town. Although the two earthquakes which devastated the city centre occurred nearly five years ago, it is still a...

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New Horizons: Keynote Address to Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand
POSTED ON July 24, 2015 | Comments (8)

I posed these questions in my keynote address to the annual conference of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand recently, in the context of the conference theme of New Horizons: What if the way in which we have sought to resolve difficult disputes...

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The Trams Inquiry--A World Leader?
POSTED ON June 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

It is refreshing that Lord Hardie has set out clear details for his inquiry into the Edinburgh trams project.   It will be fascinating to see how extensively it explores the underlying reasons for decisions that were taken. There is much research into what are...

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Facilitated Conversations
POSTED ON June 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recent learning from our recent Multi-Party Dialogue on Climate Change with John Ashton on 29 May At the start of the day, participants were allocated (randomly) to a five or six person stakeholder group and asked to participate in the discussions throughout the day from...

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