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|IAM Edinburgh Gathering: May 9 - 12, 2018|
“Looking Outward - Mediation: a New Enlightenment?”
|Wednesday, May 9, 2018|
|OPTIONAL (PRE-CONFERENCE) ACTIVITIES|
|14:30 - 17:30
Scottish Mediation Half-Day sponsored by Collaborative Scotland and Core Solutions:
|14:00 -17:00||Board of Governors’ Meeting - MEMBERS ONLY pre-registration is required
|17:30 - 18:30
||Nelson Mandela as Negotiator: What We can Learn from Him?
Professor Hal Abramson, Touro Law Center, New York, New York
At the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, 1/9 High School Yards, open to all
Professor Hal Abramson, from Touro Law Center in New York, presents a talk based on his award-winning article, Nelson Mandela as Negotiator: What We can Learn from Him? His article considers how the greatest negotiator of the twentieth century, Nelson Mandela, approached negotiating the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC), the dismantling of apartheid, and his own freedom after twenty-seven years of imprisonment. He employed classically good negotiation practices in the face of intense and violent opposition while confined in prison for life. If he could be successful, why cannot others succeed when facing less daunting disputes?
Professor Abramson focuses on the period starting in 1985, when Mandela refused an offer to be released if he would condemn violence, until 1990, when President de Klerk gave his historic unbanning speech, Mandela was freed, and he gave his first speech as a free man. The article received CPR's International Award for the Best Professional Article for 2016.
||Optional Bothy* Supper Conversations: Groups of ten to twelve at selected discreet, convivial, local Old Town restaurants and pubs, replicating the informal conversations and creativity of the original Scottish 18th century Enlightenment era, with pre-selected topics (prefacing Thursday morning’s topics): Register in advance and pay individually on the night.
To be joined by Scottish mediators and other conversationalists: possible topics include: Brexit, US-UK relations, Scottish independence, mediator ethics, Scottish religious traditions, Scottish literature and poetry, etc. Guest conversationalists include the author, Alastair McIntosh, the leading theologian, Richard Frazer, Professors Elizabeth Bomberg, Fiona Mackay, Hal Abramson and Charlie Irvine, Anne Marie Puente and more to come.
For those who don’t participate in Bothy Conversations, free night at suggested restaurants
*A Bothy is a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge.
|Thursday, May 10, 2018|
Breakfast Banter*: informal conversations over breakfast - Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
*Banter is a Scottish word for a light hearted conversation or “the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks“
||Building on Austin, A Stepping Stone to Cleveland
Welcome and Scene Setting, Jeff Jury, President IAM, Austin, Texas and John Sturrock, IAM Distinguished Fellow, Conference Chair, Edinburgh, Scotland
An Introduction to Edinburgh, Alistair Hector, Blue Badge Tourist Guide
||Introducing the Scottish Enlightenment: What Was It? How Might We Learn From It Today as Mediators? Short Presentation by Dr Thomas Ahnert, University of Edinburgh, Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History. Plenary Session, reflecting on the Virtues of the Scottish Enlightenment, led by SIRS, followed by Bothy Break Out Conversations to discuss questions posed
||Bothy Breakout Conversations continue, followed by Plenary Reports from Bothy Conversations: What did we discuss – and learn?|
||Looking Outward: Broadening the Role of Mediation 1: Expanding Mediation Skills and Competencies To Address Macro Disputes – led by Bruce Edwards, IAM Distinguished Fellow, San Francisco, California|
||Looking Outward: Designing a New Way of Doing Things? Ann Marie Puente, New York Design School|
Bothy Breakout Conversations 2: New Ways of Doing Things?
||Reception at Parliament House (sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates and the Lord President of the Court of Session). Welcome by Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. Opportunity to visit Scotland’s Supreme Courts|
||Optional Dinner at The Caves – pre-registration required
Presentation of IAM Tartan and IAM Whisky
|21:30||Optional Underground Ghost Tour|
|Friday, May 11, 2018
||Breakfast Banter: Informal conversations over breakfast at the conference venue (Hilton Edinburgh Carlton)|
|9:15-9:30||Reflections on Yesterday: What did we Learn?|
||Looking Outward: Broadening the Role of Mediation 2: Getting to Yes in Political Decision-Making and Public Policy: The Scottish Experience – led by John Sturrock with two current examples: (a) Scottish Government/UK Government constitutional negotiations and (b) establishment of new primary care services (GP) in Scotland|
|11:15-12:30||Mediation and the Courts in the UK: Lord Briggs of the UK Supreme Court and Lady Wise, Chair of Access to Justice Committee and Senator of the College of Justice, Scotland, chaired by Bill Wood, Distinguised Fellow|
Bothy Breakout Conversations 3: New Ways of Doing Things?
|15:00-16:30||Looking Outward: Mediating in Many Cultures: Celebrating Diversity of Styles in Continental Europe and Elsewhere, led by Birgit Sambeth Glasner, IAM Distinguished Fellow and Bill Marsh, IAM Distinguised Fellow|
||A New Enlightenment: How Can Mediators Lead the Way? The Edinburgh Declaration, presented by the Conference Committee|
||Reception at Edinburgh Castle, hosted by Her Majesty’s Lord Advocate, Scotland’s Senior Law Officer and showing of the Honours of Scotland|
||Edinburgh Gathering Dinner at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh
Installation of Board of Governors/Annual Meeting: IAM new member inductions
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to William Ury
A Musical Treat from Tom and Phil Bancroft, leading Scottish jazz musicians
|Saturday, May 12, 2018|
|8:00-9:00||Breakfast at the conference venue; Meeting of the 2018 Board of Governors|
|9:15||Gather at the Scottish Parliament for optional tours of the building (limited spaces)|
Keynote Event in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament: Public Good Politics:
||Final Conference Plenary Members’ Room in the Scottish Parliament. The Edinburgh Declaration – a statement of commitment by IAM members to the common good: Formal Signing Ceremony|
|13:00-14:00||Optional Lunch at the Scottish Parliament
*pre-registration required; optional tours of the building (limited spaces)
|* OPTIONAL POST-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES|
|19:00||HMY Britannia, Leith|
||Special IAM Edinburgh Gathering Dinner onboard HMY Britannia
*All optional tours (with the exception of the Ghost Tour) will be operated by Andrew Burnet & Company Ltd. For further information or to book your tours contact Andrew directly by email
|Sunday, May 13, 2018|
||Informal communion service at Greyfriars Kirk, one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most iconic churches, led by Rev Richard Frazer, to which all IAM conference participants are welcome, of all denominations, faiths and none (there is also a traditional service at 1100 in the Kirk)
|Afternoon: Lunch and Inaugural IAM Golf Tournament at Elie, Fife|
|Monday, May 14, 2018|
Post-conference Workshop: William Ury One-Day Master Class: Getting to Yes With Yourself, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh. To register with Core Solutions, CLICK HERE
Conference program and speakers are subject to change.
|Cancellation Policy: Full refund until April 13th; 50% from April 14-27th. No refunds after April 28th.|