Core presents William Ury and Kenneth Cloke

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August Newsletter

“No more important challenge faces us today than how to deal with our differences”  
William Ury

“There is no us and them, only us”  
Ken Cloke


William Ury and Ken Cloke return!

Core is pleased to announce that William Ury and Kenneth Cloke will be joining us again this autumn. Details below.


William Ury joins us on 4 September for a Master Class during Collaborative Scotland's Day of Dialogue. Core is sponsoring the session, which will include a live 90-minute conversation with Ury via video link at 5.45pm. The author of Getting to Yes and The Power of a Positive No is not to be missed!


The event is exactly two weeks prior to the referendum, to encourage people to reflect on how to handle the lead up to 18 September, and to look ahead to the period afterwards–understanding the need to work collaboratively and with reconciliation in mind. The day is open to all with a number of keynote conversations with leading figures throughout the day.

To register for both the Master Class and the Day of Dialogue, and for details of the programme, go to Collaborative Scotland’s website.


Flagship Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management Course

There are still spaces available! Join us in the autumn on our revitalised Flagship Course, Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management.

We are now offering the course in three discreet modules, giving participants the opportunity to explore the basics in module one over three days and to elect to go on to a deeper understanding of mediation in module two, while opting for Core’s assessment and accreditation in module three.

Read about the course, including what others have said.

Reduced fees are available for group bookings.
Register now


Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith Workshops

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.

More details to come. If you are interested, register here.

We have launched our new website

We have launched our new website. It has a range of new features, including videos. The new website provides a simple portal to access Core’s experienced mediators, with the emphasis on quick response and a straightforward approach. Core’s Manager of Mediation Services, Miriam Haboubi, is available to help: and 0131 524 8188.

John Sturrock commented: “This is a natural development for Core. For 12 years, we have pioneered mediation in the commercial field in Scotland. The marketplace is now much more mature. Hundreds of solicitors use mediation, and have a good understanding of it. Most of Scotland’s leading businesses and public sector authorities, along with SMEs and many not for profit bodies, have also experienced its benefits. The time is right for Core to enhance its service to meet the needs of the current market. I am also pleased that Core’s other senior mediator, Pamela Lyall, will continue to be available through our Core Mediators service, along with Charlie Woods, Hugh Donald, Sandy Wilson and others. And we shall continue to look to create opportunities in new fields within and outside Scotland.”

For non-mediation projects and details of our flagship course, contact Jolene Robinson, our Projects and Business Manager, at and 0131 524 5188.

William Ury is speaking on 4 September at Collaborative Scotland's Day of Dialogue.

Kenneth Cloke joins us for an exclusive workshop on 21 November.

Joan Goldsmith will host a workshop for women leaders on 20 and 21 November.

Kenneth Cloke's latest book, The Dance of Opposites.

Questions? Contact us at 0131 524 8188, or email

We apologise for the misspelling in Ken Cloke's name when this newsletter was sent out yesterday.

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