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Autumn 2016


Opportunities to Reflect and Learn

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"And finally, as one of mentors once said to me: “Be bold.” That advice has prompted me to say yes to many opportunities which I would otherwise have shied away from. In the words of Johann Wolfgang Goethe “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
A Core Alumna

Mediation Works

"I found my first mediation really interesting, I will look forward to the next.  For certain shareholder disputes this offers a very sensible alternative to litigation." - Partner with large UK law firm

"Mediation was extremely helpful in allowing both of us to express things that we might otherwise have tried to bury, with a potentially poor outcome.  Instead, we both came out of the meeting with very positive feelings and a sense of common purpose, having been able to clear the air of miscommunication and misinformation."  - CEO of a major not for profit body

Using Mediation Skills: 2017 Courses

Spring School:*
Using Mediation Skills as a Professional

27 - 29 March 2017 
Residential Summer School:*
Using Mediation Skills as a Leader

3 - 6 September 2017

Module 2: 
Building Mediator Competence 

Spring: 4 - 5 May 2017
Autumn: 5 - 6 October 2017

Module 3: 

Spring: 25 - 26 May 2017
Autumn: 2 - 3 November 2017

* Note that the Spring School and the Summer School are available as free standing three day courses. They are also a prerequisite, as Module 1, for attending Modules 2 and 3.

You can find more information about our Flagship Mediation Training Courses here

Registration for the Spring School is now open!

Our recent fully-subscribed Summer School was a great success:
“Sincere thanks for your patience and unending enthusiasm. This course has made a huge, sustainable difference for me. Not just in work, but even in how I speak to my children…”

"Thank you so much for your efforts in organising, hosting and delivering the Summer School. It was a fantastic learning experience and a very enjoyable stay at the wonderful Blair Estate… We quickly realised the impact and usefulness of the techniques we had learned! What a well organised and brilliantly delivered event."

For any questions or to express your interest, please contact us at 0131 524 8188 or email

Women in Leadership: Purpose, Power and Presence

Two-day workshop with Hetty Einzig and Liz Rivers
24 and 25 October, Edinburgh

What they say:
"Thank you - it was an extremely valuable course to have attended. Good to be encouraged to look for inner resources rather than being bombarded with more reading. It was very welcoming, the teaching was clear and a good, inclusive atmosphere was created overall." - Participant from Core's fully-subscribed March Workshop

I can’t recommend this course highly enough. It gave me time to think about me, my
business and my leadership – I left feeling completely inspired, re-invigorated and
raring to go.”
- Rachael Mills, Director, SE2 Ltd

"This programme is a game-changer. The learning is exceptional -- from Liz, Hetty and everyone in the room -- and it sticks. At the end of just two intense days you leave in a much stronger position than you thought was possible when you started." - Liz Whitaker, Director, Condor Communications Ltd

Read more and register

The workshop is highly practical, combining precious space for reflection with focused action. Hetty and Liz are known for the high degree of trust they create, allowing you to “drop the mask” and be seen for who you really are, giving you the courage to show more of this out in the world. They show you how to embody this change so that it is lasting.

Core Reading - Hot off the Press

Essays on Mediation: Dealing with Disputes in the 21st Century

Across a range of jurisdictions, in differing legal systems, mediation is achieving ever-greater institutional and statutory force, and what not long ago was a marginal technique for dispute resolution is becoming mainstream and orthodox. But how firm a sense do we have about the social formation we call ‘mediation’? Through reflections and case histories, this distinctive collection of essays by experienced mediators from across the globe, including Core's John Sturrock, provides a clearer understanding than we have had heretofore of what mediation is and what it can offer as a practical, accessible and positive alternative in civil justice systems.

The authors each address ways mediation has been or can be applied to dispute resolution in such pressing contexts as the following:

  • enduring and intense conflicts;
  • planning and environmental issues;
  • conflicts arising between refugee and ‘host’ communities;
  • elder care;
  • intercultural settings;
  • online communication;
  • science-based disputes; and
  • public policy disputes.

Call for Role-players! 

Our Summer/Autumn flagship course is now underway and we are approaching Module 2 and our assessment stage for the present course. On these modules, we often enlist the help of role players to participate in the case studies. This is an excellent insight into mediation and a great networking opportunity. The roles are well suited for post-qualified professionals.

  • Thursday, 27 October 2016
  • Friday, 28 October 2016
  • Thursday, 3 November 2016
  • Friday, 4 November 2016

If you would be interested in role playing, please do let Miriam know if you can help by email or calling 0131 524 8188. The modules will be taking place in Central Edinburgh.

World Mediation Conference Comes to Edinburgh in 2018

The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) has announced "that Edinburgh will be the location for their 2018 international conference.The conference will encourage unparalleled learning opportunities and cultural exchanges for dispute resolution professionals from around the world.  
Chairing this conference will John Sturrock, a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy and an internationally acclaimed mediator in his own right. Sturrock is the CEO of Scotland's Core Solutions Group, and is also closely affiliated with London's Brick Court Chambers and the Singapore Mediation Centre."

IAM President, Eugene Moscovitch noted "The IAM is honoured to host our 2018 conference in Edinburgh and share expertise with some of the finest commercial mediators in the world.”

John Sturrock commented: "This is great recognition for Scotland: we'll have an exciting programme and I look forward to welcoming guests from around the world."

Mediation Training from the perspective of Legal Counsel with a major bank

"During the course, I had to deconstruct a lot of my legal training (contrary to my previous belief that it would assist me). As lawyers, we are forewarned from our formative years at university that emotional clients are likely to descend upon us with their “matters of principle” and carrier bags of irrelevant documentation. We are advised that our job is to weed through these irrelevancies and focus on solving the legal problem.

However, after undertaking mediation training, I now understand that it is almost impossible to find a sustainable solution to a perceived legal problem without addressing the underlying emotions and needs (i.e. the human aspect).  In fact, in many cases, the legal problem is simply a symptom caused by these underlying factors. Accordingly, these underlying factors need to be addressed first in order to create a lasting and sustainable solution."

Read further here.

In the Workplace: Nip it in the Bud

Little things can trigger major conflict in management and the workplace, with effects on morale, productivity, business effectiveness and profitability. John Sturrock draws on insights from his experience as a mediator and discusses ways to minimise the risks of these things happening in the first place and nipping them in the bud. You can read the full piece on pages 11 & 12 in issue 3 of the UK Mediation Journal.

Core Alumnae take up important positions!

Sarah Snyder (2014) is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s new Advisor for Reconciliation
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Chelsea Warr (2005) has been appointed as UK Sport’s new Director of Performance

Core Alumnus is world leader in wave technology


Simon Forrest (2015) is the founder and Managing Director of Nova Innovation Ltd, a global leader in tidal energy generation, which has recently deployed the world’s first fully-operational, commercial, grid-connected offshore tidal array in Shetland.

Recent Core Articles and Blogs

Our blogger on holiday - and at peace?
Follow John Sturrock on twitter a@coremediation.

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