Gemma Oke

Gemma Oke
Gemma Oke is a writer and contributor at 'CEDR says...' a blog featuring insights on mediation, conflict management and dispute resolution sponsored by The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

There Is No Alternative?

“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing” – Margaret ThatcherAt the age of 24, my claim to be one of ‘Thatcher’s Children’ is tenuous. She first took office 10 years before I was born,...

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Is mediation a procedure or a process?

Possibly my favourite soundbite of this morning’s sessions was this comment from the floor when delegates were discussing standards and good practice. Of all the discussion around how prescriptive or flexible mediation training could or should be, this phrase...

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“The E Team”: what makes a group effective?

During this morning’s session the ADR Trainers Network delegates took some time to think about effective teams they’ve been a part of and what factors made those teams successful. This is something we can all relate to – even those of us who aren’t mediators – and I...

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“Is mediation a procedure or a process?”

Possibly my favourite soundbite of this morning’s sessions was this comment from the floor when delegates were discussing standards and good practice. Of all the discussion around how prescriptive or flexible mediation training could or should be, this phrase seems to...

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Purpose v Intention – the inquiries dilemma

The fallout from the Leveson Inquiry’s recommendations has been writ large on the front pages of this week’s newspapers, sharply contrasting with previous inquiries where the rustle of tumbleweed pointed the path to the long grass. The emerging Royal Charter on press...

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