Referendum Special

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Referendum Newsletter

"Scotland can show the world the possibilities of a mediated way in which you could aim for a solution that’s good for both the Yes and the No camps within Scotland . . . and even for the world as a whole."
William Ury

On this referendum day in Scotland | 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...

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Black and white....or shades of grey?

John Sturrock's article in Perspectives magazine about the framing of the referendum question and how the binary nature of the question - yes or no - could mean the opportunity for richer discussion may have been missed

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Core's Flagship Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management Skills Course

Only a few spaces left – Last chance to register
Click here to read the course brochure
Module 1:  1 – 3 October 2014
Module 2:  30 – 31 October 2014
Module 3:  20 – 21 November 2014

Why take this course?
This course is for leaders, managers, lawyers, consultants and other professionals who have to deal with difficult situations, disputes or decisions.
• Getting to the heart of a problem
• Breaking deadlock
• Bringing polarised parties to the table
• Generating options for mutually acceptable solutions
• Developing really effective negotiation skills
• Thinking the unthinkable
• Helping to find innovative outcomes
• Working with difficult colleagues and contractors
• Using a process which works across all sectors and interests
Interested? Register online now or contact Jolene Robinson at

Special Offers:

If you sign up for Core's Flagship course, or if you are one of our Course Alumni who recommends a friend to register on our Flagship course, you can attend our Master Class with Ken Cloke for free.

Led by John Sturrock, Core Chief Executive and senior mediator.

Joined by Pamela Lyall, Core Senior Mediator.

Master Class with Ken Cloke and Workshop with Joan Goldsmith

On 20 November we will be holding an exclusive workshop with Kenneth Cloke, author of The Dance of Opposites and Mediating Dangerously. Ken’s wife, Joan Goldsmith, will host a separate workshop for women leaders on 20 and 21 November, entitled Creating Ourselves at the Crossroads. Limited spaces at each. Other events to be announced.

If you wish to attend Ken Cloke's Master Class, register here. First 25 paying registrants receive a free copy of Ken’s latest book…..

For Joan Goldsmith's workshop, register here.
Video Recording of Master Class with William Ury

"We’re living in a world that’s increasingly interdependent and so the question is how do we do that together with others? And so we can all learn from Scotland...."

As part of Collaborative Scotland's Day of Dialogue on 4 September, Core was proud to sponsor a Master Class with William Ury, who shared a number of profound insights on negotiation principles and the potential power of collaboration and beyond in Scotland.

You can watch the video here

Resources from Collaborative Scotland's Day of Dialogue

On Thursday, 4 September, Collaborative Scotland held a highly successful Day of Dialogue with a number of keynote conversations, including the following speakers:
  • Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • Andrew Wilson, former SNP MSP and commentator
  • David Melding AM, Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales
  • Conor Murphy MP and former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Dan Macdonald, Founder of N56, Chief Executive, Macdonald Estates
  • Peter Lederer, CBE, Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel
  • Jane Wood, Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community
  • Josh Littlejohn, social entrepreneur and founder of Social Bite

You can access audio recordings and transcripts of the day, including Christine De Luca's performance of her moving poem, The Morning After, at this link.  

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