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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:

Optional Pre-Conference Workshops at Grassmarket Centre / the University of Edinburgh: a choice of three events:

  1. Informal Practitioners’ Forum for Scottish practitioners and IAM members attending the conference
  2. Academic Forum with SIRS and local academics and thought-leaders
  3. Young Leaders Forum for young Scottish professionals interested in mediation and management of conflict
     
14:00-17:00   Board of Governors’ Meeting - MEMBERS ONLY pre-registration is required
     
19:30











  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

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
 
7:30-8:30   Registration
     
8:30-9:20


 

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“
   
9:30-9:45


  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
     
9:45-11:00




  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
     
11:00-11:15   Networking Blether
     
11:15-12:30

  Bothy Breakout Conversations continue, followed by Plenary Reports from Bothy Conversations: What did we discuss – and learn?
     
12:30-13:30   Lunch
     
13:30-15:00


  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
     
15:00-15:15   Networking Blether
     
15:15-16:00

  Looking Outward: Designing a New Way of Doing Things? Ann Marie Puente, New York Design School
     
 16:00-17:15














 

Bothy Breakout Conversations 2: New Ways of Doing Things?
Possible topics include:

1. The Economics of Managing Disputes: Game Theory and Mediation
2. Understanding Gender, Bias and Mediation
3. The Soul of Mediation: A One Generation Flash in the Pan?
4. Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation
5. The Impact of Technology on Mediation
6. Civility and Emotion in Mediation
7. Mediation: Vocation? Calling? Profession? Job?
8. The Words We Use as Mediators
9. Neuro Science – A Dose of Realism?
10. Who is the Mediator’s Client?
11. Screw Ups and How to Handle Them
12. Any List Serve current topics

     
17:30

  Reception at Parliament House (sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates and the Lord President of the Court of Session). Opportunity to visit Scotland’s Supreme Courts
     
19:30
  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
 
8:30-9:20

  Breakfast Banter: Informal conversations over breakfast at the conference venue (Hilton Edinburgh Carlton)
     
9:30-11:00



  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
     
11:00-11:15   Networking Blether
     
11:15-12:45



  Looking Outward: Mediating in Many Cultures: Celebrating Diversity of Styles in Continental Europe and Elsewhere, led by Birgit Sambeth Glasner, IAM Distinguished Fellow, Geneva, Switzerland and Jonathan Lloyd-Jones, IAM Distinguised Fellow, London, England
     
12:45-13:45   Lunch
     
13:45-15:00














Bothy Breakout Conversations 3: New Ways of Doing Things?
Possible topics include:

1. The Economics of Managing Disputes: Game Theory and Mediation
2. Understanding Gender, Bias and Mediation
3. The Soul of Mediation: A One Generation Flash in the Pan?
4. Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation
5. The Impact of Technology on Mediation
6. Civility and Emotion in Mediation
7. Mediation: Vocation? Calling? Profession? Job?
8. The Words We Use as Mediators
9. Neuro Science – A Dose of Realism?
10. Who is the Mediator’s Client?
11. Screw Ups and How to Handle Them
12. Any List Serv current topics

   
15:00-15:15      Networking Blether
     
15:15-16:30

  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
     
16:30-17:00

  A New Enlightenment: How Can Mediators Lead the Way? The Edinburgh Declaration, presented by the Conference Committee
     
18:00

  Reception at Edinburgh Castle, hosted by Her Majesty’s Lord Advocate, Scotland’s Senior Law Officer and showing of the Honours of Scotland
     
19:30

  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

 
Saturday, May 12, 2018
 
8:00-9:00   Breakfast at the conference venue; Meeting of the 2018 Board of Governors
     
9:30   Gather at the Scottish Parliament for tour of the building
     
10:30-12:30






 

Keynote Event in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament: Public Good Politics:
A New Enlightenment: How Can Mediators Lead the Way?

with special guest William Ury, Harvard University, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister for Scotland (TBC) and Scilla Ellworthy, three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, chaired by the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and open to Members of the Scottish Parliament and the public, as well as conference participants

     
12:30-13:00


  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
     
Conference Concludes
     
* OPTIONAL  POST-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES
 
19:00   HMY Britannia, Leith
     
19:30
  Special IAM Edinburgh Gathering Dinner onboard HMY Britannia
pre-registration required
     

*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
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.