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Perception and mediation – ‘context is all’

Margaret Atwood’s character Offred would make a great mediator. The narrator of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ repeatedly tells us that ‘context is all’, and nowhere is that a more pertinent observation than in mediation. This is not just a personal view – a comment piece in City AM last week eloquently reinforced the power of perception […]

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Letter from America

Variety really is the spice of life.  Last week I started out by attending the Saudi Ambassador’s reception to commemorate their national day, and I ended up the week at a seminar in 10 Downing Street.  Can’t say any more yet about either project – and I’m trying to resist the temptation to quote Maverick […]

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The legacy of Columbo for Mediators

The legacy of Columbo for Mediators

Graham Massie, CEDR Director of Consultancy, commenting on the recent passing of the actor Peter Falk, who played the popular TV Detective, Columbo. So farewell Peter Falk, and thank you. For demonstrating that a sharp mind doesn’t need a sharp suit – sometimes a trusted raincoat will do. For revealing the power of the friendly […]

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Qatar – to develop as a centre for football and for mediation?

Qatar – to develop as a centre for football and for mediation?

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator Like many, I’m disappointed at England’s failure to be selected to host the 2018 World Cup.  One of my earliest memories is of watching the 1966 final on a small black and white TV with my dad – and even now I still revere Bobby Moore.  So […]

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Looking for leadership inspiration

Looking for leadership inspiration

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator, CEDR It may not be the most career-enhancing move to worry about leadership in conflict resolution just a couple of months after the boss [Karl Mackie] gets his well-deserved CBE, but I’ve been worrying about where the next generation of leaders are coming from. This thought came […]

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