The Book

A Mediator’s Musings:

on Mediation, Negotiation, Politics and a Changing World

A collection of articles and Blog posts written in recent years by leading mediator, John Sturrock KC, containing reflections on mediation, negotiation, politics and other topics.

As John explains in the Introduction, all proceeds from this book will go to cancer research.

View a recording of the book launch, in the form of an interview with John on Zoom, here.

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International Mediator and Author, Ken Cloke says:

“John Sturrock’s outstanding new book, ‘A Mediators Musings,’ is much more powerful than its’ humble title suggests. It is by turns profound and poignant, insightful and useful, current and lasting. Its’ journalistic origins make it easy reading, but Sturrock’s broad ranging experience and active curiosity make it stimulating and provocative, in the best sense of that word, inviting us to notice what we do and how we speak and act when we are in conflict — and prompting us to have the courage, as Sturrock demonstrates, to learn to do better. Nowhere is this more true or more needed than in political conflicts, where Sturrock has sought to play a role in introducing a kinder, more collaborative approach than the one we have seen and experienced. Buy it, read it, practice it – you won’t be disappointed.”


Founder of the International Mediation Institute and former senior corporate counsel, Michael Leathes says:

“This little collection of some 30 two or three page opinion pieces is focused on human behaviour when trying to resolve conflicts and overcome problems. Using short anecdotes and often quoting from other inspiring thinkers, the author eloquently suggests many ways in which conflicts, tension and difficulties can more successfully be approached and addressed. There are some novel yet simple ideas; for example, ways to take a transformative approach to intractable issues, and a Universal Declaration of Interdependence. He calls for more empathy, courage, imagination, openness, listening and collaboration in problem solving. Beautifully written. Highly dippable. Full of new ideas. Really thought provocative.”


Dr Scilla Elworthy, three times nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, author and founder of the Business Plan for Peace, says:

“John Sturrock is one of the most experienced mediators to be found anywhere.  He has been effective in resolving hundreds of disputes all over the world, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.  Not only does he work with parliamentary bodies in the UK, but he also works at local level, promoting respectful dialogues about challenging issues.  The flavour of his negotiation skills and profound training in conflict management becomes immediately evident in the accounts and articles in this valuable book.”





It Takes Just One Moment for Things to Change, for Good or Bad

Mediation and Cups of Tea

Kindness and Courage

What’s the Point?

Neil Armstrong Called it on Information Overload

Belief in Excellence Will Take You Far

How Well Do We Perform in Making Scotland a Better Place?

The Abuse of Power Must Be Understood, Not Just Condemned

Paddling Against the Current: Embodied Conflict


A Negotiation Emergency?

Process and Empathy

Knowing How to Negotiate Is an Essential Life Skill


If it Looks Like Mediation?And Other Ramblings…

It’s Not Just About the Moneyand Other Food for Thought for Mediators

Never Give Up: Perseverance In Mediation – And Life?

Optimising the Use of Joint Sessions in Mediation

Mediation: What Makes the Difference?

Mediating Minimally

Mediator “Fairness”?

Moving to Mediation Makes for Earlier Resolution

Mediation: A Cricketing Metaphor

Mediation’s a Bit Like Riding an Electric Bike

Still Set on Making Mediation Mainstream

The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators


Mediator Engagement in Politics – and in Other Things We Care About

A Universal Declaration of Interdependence is Needed

The Certainties of the Past Will No Longer Afford Security in the Future

Civility in Politics Should Not Be Too Much to Hope For

Post Election Reflections

Mediation in a Changing Climate? -From Consensus to Confrontation?

A Changing World

Love over Fear – and Holding on to Hope

World leaders must set aside rivalry to fight this scourge

Communication more important than ever

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