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The Times they are a Changin’

When trawling the annals of the internet, you never know what you will find. But, every so often you stumble across a gem. Buried in the BBC archives, my scattershot googling led me to this: The Search for Agreement – Mediation (2000) on the BBC World Service, Global Business. For some at CEDR and the […]

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Negotiation Lessons from the Brexit Rollercoaster

With one year to go until the UK leaves the EU, we’ve analysed some of the twists and turns of the Brexit negotiations so far. March 2017 – And we’re off – Theresa May announces the Brexit date for 2019 This was the equivalent of forcing your entire family onto a rollercoaster because some of […]

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Learning from environmental disputes

Mediation for the resolution of conflict can be best illustrated in cases where a positive outcome is seemingly intractable. However, mediation, effective dialogue and progressive and collaborative negotiation can break deadlock.  Cases that involve environmental disputes are good examples of this. In 2014, CEDR Founder President Dr Karl Mackie CBE mediated a case under the […]

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Don’t fear Deadlock, Embrace and Learn from it

When organisations undertake critical projects, the sheer scale of the undertaking provides ample opportunity for conflict and disputes to occur, deepen and escalate. Each stage is a potential incubator of misunderstanding, circumstantial change, ‘grey areas’, and unforeseen occurrences whose effects ripple throughout an industry or project. The initial shock of encountering conflict is not the […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Philip Williams

In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Philip Williams, one of our lead negotiation trainers for CEDR’s flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation Skills and one of the UK’s former leading Hostage and Crisis Negotiators. Phil’s experience spans decades, with deployments in some of the tensest, most hostile, high-stake environments across four […]

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