Collaborative Scotland has promoted the Commitment to Respectful Dialogue as the primary articulation of what it stands for. This gained support and publicity in 2014 and remains a touchstone for our continuing work. Its current expression is as follows:

“We believe that it is a privilege to be able to engage in discussions about our future. How we engage with each other may be just as important as any outcome. We believe that it is in the interests of a flourishing Scotland and our own community that our discussions are conducted with civility and dignity. Therefore, we undertake to do our best and encourage others to do their best, and to:

  • Show respect and courtesy towards all those who are engaged in these discussions, whatever views they hold;
  • Acknowledge that there are many differing, deeply held and valid points of view;
  • Use language carefully and avoid personal or other remarks which might cause unnecessary offence;
  • Listen carefully to all points of view and seek fully to understand what concerns and motivates those with differing views from our own;
  • Ask questions for clarification when we may not understand what others are saying or proposing;
  • Express our own views clearly and honestly with transparency about our motives and our interests;
  • Respond to questions asked of us with clarity and openness and, whenever we can, with credible information;
  • Look for common ground and shared interests at all times.


If you would like to sign the Commitment, please let us know.