Last month I attended the All Parliamentary Party Group on ADR at the House of Commons. Several of us (eight in all) were giving a presentation to MP’s about the use and value of mediation in various sectors (environment, faith, commercial, community, schools, international, family and restorative justice).
These meetings are a regular occurrence and are organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The idea is great and it is lovely to think that mediation could be of interest to our MP’s, especially with the Brexit negotiations. If ever there was a situation that cried out for co-operative problem-solving it is our negotiations with the European Union where it is in everyone’s interest to get the BEST deal both for the UK AND Europe.
Unfortunately only three MP’s turned up (plus the Chair) for the APPG on ADR. I felt both disappointed and cross, that the eight of us had prepared and delivered something that should be seen as of real benefit, yet only three considered it to be worth two hours of their time. Yet another barrier of ignorance.