Academy of Government Annual Lecture - Beyond Adversarial Politics

Academy of Government Annual Lecture - Beyond Adversarial Politics
Speaker: John Sturrock QC # TBC; Speaker: Sir Paul Grice # Scottish Parliament; Speaker: Ken Thomson # Scottish Government
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Date and Time
2nd Nov 2016 17:30 - 2nd Nov 2016 17:30
Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower, Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Dr John Sturrock, QC: 'Beyond Adversarial Politics: reaching for the common good through respectful dialogue’
with reflections by:
Sir Paul Grice, Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament
Ken Thomson, Director General for Strategy and Operations, Scottish Government
Our politics often seem locked in polarising and antagonistic competition. Are there more effective ways of working together in the public sphere which might be applied in practice?  Can we make serious decisions about the future through respectful and constructive dialogue rather than through conventional adversarial debate?  Might Scotland lead the way with innovative and collaborative ways of doing politics?  In the aftermath of two referenda in this country - and in the week prior to the US presidential election - these questions seem urgent.
John Sturrock is a leading facilitator, mediator and coach with a practice extending to government, industry, sport, the professions, the public sector and senior management, and in Europe and the Middle East as well as across the UK.  He is a special adviser on dialogue to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and has worked regularly with senior officials in the Scottish Government and with politicians in all of the assemblies and parliaments in the UK in the area of effective scrutiny.  He led Collaborative Scotland in the run-up to the independence referendum.  He is a regular writer and commentator on collaboration in the business, political and legal worlds, and co-author of Thinking Differently: Making a Difference Using Mediation.”

Tea will be served from 5.15pm and will end with a short wine reception .  The event is open to all, and is free but ticketed.

To register go to AOG Annual Lecture