Lessons of the Good Friday Agreement

This week the learning Spotlight is focusing on negotiation.

Negotiation is a process by which compromise or reach an agreement is reached whilst avoiding argument or dispute. If you think about it, it is actually a skill we develop at a very young age.

The Good Friday Agreement, signed on 10th April 1998 was a historic moment where extensive multi-party negotiations aimed to create solutions to the conflict in Northern Ireland. These developments not only marked a new phase in political history but taught valuable personal lessons to those involved.

So what can we learn from this event and how does it apply the type of negotiations that we face in everyday life? Read more about the ten key lessons Dr. Marjorie Mowlam, the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, learnt from her experiences of these negotiations. 

Icons in teal circles 03 

Which of these ten lessons do you think you can apply to negotiations you might be undertaking in your life?

As well as learning form others, you will of course have your own previous experience of situations where you have had to negotiate. Take some time to note down your own key learnings from these events.

Sign up to receive Learning Spotlights through emails

View all Learning Spotlights