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Tunisian Dialogue Group Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

When seeing the words “Arab Spring” in headlines or on the internet, the first thoughts one has might be negative. The Arab Spring did, after all, cause significant change in many countries, but it also brought about a significant amount of violence in the Middle East, perpetuated by both government and rebel forces, and it […]

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Commitment and Perseverance: The watchwords for our profession

When training mediators in our mediator skills training course, one of the things our trainers emphasise is that mediators need to be committed to the process and persevere in order to facilitate settlement – long beyond when the parties might want to give up. This week I have been working with the mediation board of […]

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Status, body language and culture in India: An interesting mix

Last week I was in Delhi, India delivering a programme on Managing Disputes and Difficult Conversation in the Boardroom with my CEDR colleague, Susanne Schuler. This programme has been developed over a number of years as a CEDR foundation project, in partnership with IFC/World Bank, and applies mediator techniques to upskill board members in resolving […]

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A dream comes true: CEDR’s first Mediator Skills Course in Spanish.

As a 17-year-old boy, having just finished secondary school I went on a one-year adventure living and going to school in Argentina as an exchange student. Ever since that time I have enjoyed interacting with Spanish speakers and practising using the Spanish that I learned in that year. As I began my professional life, I […]

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Summer School 2014 – A rich learning experience!

I am writing this post having just finished being one of the lead trainers of this year’s CEDR International Mediator Skills Summer School which this year was held near Lisbon, in Portugal. One of the key reasons behind summer school is to attract a range of participants from different countries. This year we had delegates […]

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