Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age
POSTED ON June 29, 2020 | Comments (0)

The international website Mediate.com has been publishing a series of peer reviewed articles under the collective title Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. The objective of the Seven Keys is to encourage discussion among all stakeholders on navigating mediation’s best future. The seven keys are: Leadership, Data, Education, Profession,...

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Mediation and Juicing - Parallel Worlds?
POSTED ON June 28, 2020 | Comments (0)

One of the positive aspects of the enforced changes brought about by lockdown is that it enables – or compels – us to try new things. So far, I’ve learned how to create and have issued 13 podcasts, the idea being to spread ideas as widely...

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Mediations, using Zoom - a revelation?
POSTED ON May 29, 2020 | Comments (0)

Ten weeks ago, I had barely heard of Zoom. At that time, I was fairly sceptical about online mediation in the kind of cases I do. It could never substitute for face to face meetings with their intimacy and candour. Or so I thought. I...

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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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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” 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 COVID-19 virus is seen by some to be akin...

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

“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 things were going, generally. These days, I find...

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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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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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