Art of the possible in world of conflict

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Dear First Minister   A year ago, as you assumed office, I wrote to you, courtesy of these pages, offering suggestions from the field of conflict resolution which I hoped might assist you in navigating your daunting …

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A Council of State for Scotland?

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One of the difficulties which the Scottish Parliament has encountered is that legislation has on occasion been found, after passage through Parliament and in some cases implementation, to be in some way ineffective, inadequate or …

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It’s time we embraced alternatives to litigation

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Recently in these pages (16 October), I mentioned a talk I’d given to a Worldwide Advocacy Conference in July 1998. Then, I’d identified two related developments with implications for civil courts. One, which I discussed …

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Reflections on People-Centred Leadership in the NHS

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John Sturrock has contributed the following reflections, on leadership in the NHS, to Reform Scotland’s excellent NHS 2048 initiative:   “The key to doing well lies not in overcoming others, but in eliciting their co-operation.” (Robert Axelrod)  “…whatever change …

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Resistance to change is simply not sustainable

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I was interested to read Andrew Stevenson’s article in these pages (Monday 9 October) in which he raised concerns about proposed changes to court rules and, in particular, the apparent erosion of “the principle that …

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The power of letting bygones be bygones

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“Forgiveness… call me naive… it has worked for me”. These words of a man who, as a schoolboy in Northern Ireland, was blinded by a bullet fired by a British soldier are captured in the …

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A ‘high trust’ economy will be more productive

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“It’s all about trust, isn’t it?” observed my assistant mediator in a recent mediation where property investors resolved a long-running dispute with their professional advisers, having incurred considerable legal costs.  It was good to see …

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