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‘The One Where CEDR Writes A Book’

While the nation welcomed Prince George of Cambridge to the world earlier this month,  in June CEDR experienced their own small “special delivery”. Representing nearly 18 months of careful planning, research, crafting and revision CEDR’s latest book, “Effective Conflict Management”,  arrived hot off of the press on a grey Friday afternoon. Published by the Institute […]

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“The E Team”: what makes a group effective?

During this morning’s session the ADR Trainers Network delegates took some time to think about effective teams they’ve been a part of and what factors made those teams successful. This is something we can all relate to – even those of us who aren’t mediators – and I found many of the comments from the […]

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“Is mediation a procedure or a process?”

Possibly my favourite soundbite of this morning’s sessions was this comment from the floor when delegates were discussing standards and good practice. Of all the discussion around how prescriptive or flexible mediation training could or should be, this phrase seems to neatly summarise one of the big dilemmas facing anyone attempting to develop an international […]

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International ADR Trainers Network: the first workshop

The first meeting of the International ADR Trainers Network is being held today in London and CEDR will be liveblogging and Tweeting from the event. The International ADR Trainers Network is a forum that allows ADR trainers to share ideas about current practice worldwide, innovations in the field of ADR training delivery, and on standards and […]

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There Is No Alternative?

“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing” – Margaret Thatcher At the age of 24, my claim to be one of ‘Thatcher’s Children’ is tenuous. She first took office 10 years before I was born, and photographs of her […]

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