Here’s an interesting piece from the China Daily on the use of mediation to settle family disputes, but doing so in a widely popular televised programme: “Mediators Solve Disputes in China’s Communities“. Apart from reminding us that China is where we initially “borrowed” mediation from in the early days of ADR’s development, this article is a good starting point for thinking about –
- the adaptation of traditional processes to make use of new technologies (Chinese community mediation goes “online”?); and
- the foundational role of mediation not so much as private settlement as a form of community and normative dispute settlement.