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HAIKU for mediation

Saturday, 1st December 2019

"I had planned, indeed had partly written, the usual form of blog for this month. It was to be a further comment on access to dispute resolution and justice, picking up on Zbynek Loebl’s recent blog on developments in ODR, and my own recent participation in a Forum on digital inclusion, hosted by the Department of Internal Affairs, heading a range of initiatives and collaboration on expanding inclusion. At the same time, I had been thinking about a briefer way of capturing some thoughts on mediation and communication, which the Japanese form of poetry, the Haiku, can do.

The Haiku is conventionally a short form of poem, in three lines, composed of five, seven and five syllables (bearing in mind the necessary transition from the Japanese language to English word structure). The famed Haiku Masters were Matsuo Basho, Kobayashi Issa, Masaoka Shiki, and Yosa Buson, whose work can of course be found on the Internet. Traditionally, Haiku were concerned with ways of looking at nature or reflecting on being itself, though modern Haiku tend not to be so focussed.

In each of these Haiku, I’ve sought to take one element of mediation . . . but further explanation would defeat the spirit of Haiku."

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Source: NZ Centre for ICT Law & School of Law, Auckland University
Language: English
Contact: Ian MacDuff

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