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The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators, May 2018

I write this in the aftermath of the really uplifting and wonderfully diverse conference which I had the privilege to host and chair recently in my home city, under the auspices of the International Academy of Mediators. Nearly 120 mediators from over 20 countries attended and shared deep discussions about how we as mediators can… Continue reading The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators, May 2018

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Day 6: Dingwall

Saturday morning marked the end of the Better Conversations Bus Tour 2017.  The final meeting took place in Dingwall. Participants from the area around Dingwall came along because of an interest in how to conduct better conversations. Whether participants had a background in public administration, private businesses or politics, most could relate to how conducting… Continue reading Day 6: Dingwall

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Day 5: Ullapool and Gairloch

The last full day of the Better Conversations Bus Tour began, like many other days, with a Business Breakfast – this time in Ullapool. The meeting was well attended and had a different feel to other similar meetings. The group was diverse and each participant came with a different set of experiences and knowledge of… Continue reading Day 5: Ullapool and Gairloch

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Day 1 on the Better Conversations Bus Tour

Before dawn-break, our Rabbies bus embarked from Inverness on the Better Conversations Bus Tour 2017. All members of the team felt the excitement of the unknown on the first day of a project like this, where our ability to connect and engage with local communities on the North Coast 500 would be so important. Our… Continue reading Day 1 on the Better Conversations Bus Tour

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On the road with the Better Conversations Bus Tour

Our Better Conversations Bus Tour takes off today, offering free events and workshops for communities across the north and west of Scotland. This is part of a new project aiming to build real dialogue and problem-solving capacity, while helping to take some of the heat out of difficult decisions about contentious matters in Scotland’s communities,… Continue reading On the road with the Better Conversations Bus Tour

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Reframe on climate change, by Charlie Woods

Over the past 300 years or so humankind has developed a system for producing, distributing and exchanging goods and services, which has been based on human ingenuity in the design and development of tools and systems, alongside the extraction and exploitation of natural resources built up over millions of years, in particular sources of energy.… Continue reading Reframe on climate change, by Charlie Woods

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On this referendum day in Scotland, by John Sturrock

On this referendum day in Scotland, I am writing this piece without knowing the outcome. By the time most of you read this, our future will be clearer. And by then, whatever the outcome, the work of restoration, healing and moving forward together will have commenced. Some years ago I worked as a mediator in… Continue reading On this referendum day in Scotland, by John Sturrock

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What Works Scotland, by Charlie Woods

Collaboration was probably the word most used by those that spoke at the launch of What Works Scotland (WWS) http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/. WWS is an initiative led by the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Government and ESRC aimed at improving what has become known as the Scottish model of public service delivery.… Continue reading What Works Scotland, by Charlie Woods

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The Outcomes of Respectful Dialogue, by Linda Jane McLean

I reluctantly attended the meeting on 21st May of Collaborative Scotland. Why was I reluctant? I didn’t know if it was “worth it”. I was unsure if what I was going to achieve or learn would be worthwhile. I was uncertain whether it was worth the journey from Motherwell to Edinburgh. I was irresolute about… Continue reading The Outcomes of Respectful Dialogue, by Linda Jane McLean