Proposed Protocol for Respectful Dialogue

Proposed Protocol for Respectful Dialogue
John Sturrock (Core Solutions)
11.01.14

Proposed Protocol for Respectful Dialogue:

“We, the signatories to this Protocol, agree that it is in the interests of a flourishing Scotland that all discussions about our future, before and after the referendum on independence, continue to be conducted with civility and dignity. Therefore, we undertake to do our best and encourage others, including those involved in campaigning, to do their best, to:

• show respect and courtesy towards all those who are engaged in these discussions, whatever views they hold;
• acknowledge that there are many points of view and that these have validity alongside our own;
• listen carefully to all points of view and seek fully to understand what concerns and motivates those with differing views from our own;
• express our own views clearly and honestly with transparency about our motives and our interests;
• use language carefully and avoid personal or other remarks which might cause unnecessary offence;
• ask questions if we do not understand what others are saying or proposing;
• respond to questions asked of us with clarity and openness;
• support what we say, where we can, with clear and credible information.”