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Core News regularly contains information about our upcoming courses and masterclasses, insightful articles about mediation and dealing with conflict in Scotland and around the world, book reviews and updates about how we at Core are seeking to contribute to better dialogue generally.

For example, in our next Core News, we will report on the recent highly successful conference of international mediators in Edinburgh and on William Ury’s inspiring Master Class. Lots for practical and conceptual tips. Don’t miss that. To whet your appetite in the meantime, William was interviewed on BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland, you can watch it here until 12 June.

John Sturrock and William Ury at the Master Class on 14 May

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Residential Summer School:
Using Mediation Skills as a Leader

16.30 Sunday 2 September - 16.30 Wednesday 5 September 2018

"This is the best training I’ve ever been on. Why? Very skilled trainers – and they were very skilled both as trainers and as mediators; an eclectic mix of methods, exercises, information which drew together a powerful body of evidence, much of which I hadn’t been aware of previously; participants with an incredible breadth of experience and variety of backgrounds; an encouraging environment which enabled us to try out new techniques and support each other; and sufficient time for us to gel as a group, away from every day distractions."

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Scotland ready to reprise role in thawing Cold War

John Sturrock writes in The Times

In a new book, 1983: The World at the Brink, Taylor Downing describes how close we came that year to nuclear war between the US and the USSR. President Reagan’s Star Wars programme and the shooting down of a South Korean 747 airliner by Soviet fighter jets on September 1, killing all 269 people on board, ramped up tensions to a level which seems, in retrospect, to exceed the Cuban crisis two decades earlier. The book explains how the threat was averted, in what is described as a real-life thriller. However, so far as I can find, there is no mention of the crucial role played by Scotland in easing those tensions.

Read the full article here.

"Get it On" with Bryan Burnett focuses on Peace-Making and Mediation

On 8 May, "Get It On" with Bryan Burnett on BBC Radio Scotland dedicated the whole show to "Songs About Peace-Making And Mediation". Listeners called in and suggested songs related to that theme and celebrating the presence of guests from around the world at the IAM Conference in Edinburgh. You can listen here for the next two weeks, and also read a list of the songs played by scrolling down to the "Music Played" list, which will remain on the site.

A Very Real Family Problem:
A Political Allegory

Join us for a “Pop Up Mediation”

Date: Thursday 14 June 
Time: 17.45-21.30
Venue: Grassmarket Community Project
86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA

The parents had passed away many years ago. They had left detailed arrangements for the children (two sisters, a brother and twins) and for a long time the youngsters had got on tolerably well. Big sister tended to make decisions and lead the way in the family’s contacts with the neighbours and relatives abroad. Every now and then, the family would fall out with some of the close neighbours. This brought out the best in the family and each of the children would play major roles in re-establishing the family’s position in the community.

But things had changed now. To that freedom-seeking part of headstrong brother, big sister’s rejection of the neighbours was bringing out the worst in her. Indeed, big sister seemed to want to take back some of the control that she had given to headstrong brother. She had said she would consult with him but that she had to take decisions for them all. But he wanted a relationship of equals and for them to work together consensually. 

Read more about the "family's" problems in the case study here and ponder the similarities to our current political situation. 

This event is free and open to all, although we would welcome a £20 donation to cover costs. 

Please register through Eventbrite here.

Edinburgh IAM Conference a Great Success

In the image below, John Sturrock gives a gift of the first International Mediators tartan sarf to Hal Abramson after his lecture "Nelson Mandela as Negotiator: What We can Learn from Him?"

You will be able to read more about this and many more events in the recent highly successful conference of the International Academy of Mediators in Edinburgh in our next edition. 

The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators 

Nearly 100 mediators signed a declaration setting out what we believe in and commit to. We acknowledged that it is not perfect but, overall, the Declaration received emphatic support. 

Here is what we subscribed to in a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 12 May, following a superb address by world-renowned negotiation expert William Ury (also a subscriber) and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

We believe that it is in the interests of our world as a whole and our own communities in particular that difficult issues are discussed with civility and dignity. 

We believe that it is very important to find common ground and shared interests whenever possible and to enable and encourage people to work out difficult issues constructively and cooperatively. 

Read the Declaration's full text here.

Mediator “Fairness”?

Mediation and fighting for the "underdog"

A student of mediation asks a question about justice and "fairness".

Read the rest of the article here.

The Music of Mediation 

Next time: the next chapter in John Sturrock’s Music of Mediation: "There Are More Questions Than Answers"

Read chapters one here and two here if you missed them last time.
Follow John Sturrock on twitter a@coremediation.

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