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Thoughts From Our Driver, Helen

I don’t think I really expected to gain anything from the Better Conversations Bus Tour. I am very familiar with the North Coast 500 route, and have been to all of the towns and villages several times. As a tour guide I know their histories, I know the local landscape and geology, and I know… Continue reading Thoughts From Our Driver, Helen

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Day 4: Lochinver

“All it takes is a small group of committed people to change the world” – Margaret Mead Local advertising for the Better Conversation Bus Tour and the public meeting in Lochinver has been great. As a result, John and the team were kept busy most of the day meeting groups and individuals in the area,… Continue reading Day 4: Lochinver

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Day 3: “You’re the first people in 40-50 years to talk about…”

The email from the office was headed “Negative Feedback”. My heart sank. It was Day 3 of our Better Conversations Bus Tour and we’d had a number of really good meetings so far. What was this about? “He is enraged by the marketing of the bus tour”… “an example of poor communication”….”A further example of… Continue reading Day 3: “You’re the first people in 40-50 years to talk about…”

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Day 2: Wick and Thurso

“I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday. I feel like we have been on the road for weeks” – John Sturrock With a million impressions from the previous day still fresh in mind, the Better Conversations Bus Tour 2017 team woke up in Wick yesterday morning. We started the day having fascinating conversations with representatives from… Continue reading Day 2: Wick and Thurso

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Collaborative Scotland at the Scottish Parliament: “Everybody is talking, but no-one is listening”

Leading international mediator Ken Cloke was welcomed to the Scottish Parliament in September for an evening about conflict, dialogue and communication in politics. The event, which was hosted by Margaret Mitchell MSP, discussed the current situation in political life in Scotland and further afield. John Sturrock, founder and chief executive of Core Solutions, introduced Collaborative… Continue reading Collaborative Scotland at the Scottish Parliament: “Everybody is talking, but no-one is listening”

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“Nobody gets angry about things they don’t care about”

International mediator Ken Cloke, one of the leading writers and thinkers in the field of conflict, joined John Sturrock and over fifty mediators and professionals at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Friday 29th September 2017 for a day of learning and reflection about solving conflict in society. Participants were treated to a masterclass of discussion… Continue reading “Nobody gets angry about things they don’t care about”

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Bolt and Brexit teach us that the world is imperfect, by John Sturrock

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 in that imperfection, recognition that life cannot be shaped according… Continue reading Bolt and Brexit teach us that the world is imperfect, by John Sturrock

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This time round we can all behave with more dignity, by John Sturrock

Things are not as they should be. We know that. There is a deep sense that the politics of polarisation are seeping in to the very fabric of who we are and what we think. In a remarkably short time, there has been a change in mood and behaviour. Attitudes seem more brutal, less compassionate,… Continue reading This time round we can all behave with more dignity, by John Sturrock

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Something in the air? by Charlie Woods

The recent EDAS (Economic Development Association Scotland) Conference took as it’s theme ‘Our economy - beyond the referendum: developing a route map for common ambition.” Amongst the speakers and the floor discussion there appeared to be a growing consensus that a fairer, more equal society (in terms of opportunity, ownership and outcome) is not only… Continue reading Something in the air? by Charlie Woods

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Talks about Talks, by Charlie Woods

On 21st May, Collaborative Scotland held a “Dialogue on the Future of Scotland” at the excellent Edinburgh Training Centre. The event combined an exploration of the processes that can help facilitate a more productive exchange with the opportunity to touch on some of the issues of substance concerning the forthcoming referendum. It also provided participants… Continue reading Talks about Talks, by Charlie Woods