Negotiation training with Mark Young

The human urge to play greater than the urge to fight

Playful Negotiation for Serious People

As a social business, Rational Games uses playful methods to teach negotiation in order to then support initiatives and individuals that make creative use of games and play to resolve conflict. We measure our success by the amount of time and money that we invest in curating innovative initiatives that make a clear contribution to this mission.

Mark Young at TEDxWHU

It was my privilege to tell our story at a recent TedX Conference. We truly believe that the urge to play is greater than the urge to fight. In the talk I explain how we are putting that into action.

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December 2022

A RAY OF NEGOTIATION HOPE: Lebanon and Israel reach a historic agreement

This month, I was “pleased to notice” (to borrow a phrase from our seminars) a rare negotiation success in the Middle East:  the recently concluded gas exploration deal reached just weeks ago by Israel and Lebanon.

November 2022

BEYOND “NEVER SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE“: A Worthy Challenge to Win-Win?

In almost every seminar I have offered in recent months, at least one participant asks me what I think of Chris Voss and his book and Master Class on “Never Split the Difference”? He it is!

October 2022

GET AWAY FROM THE TABLE: The Importance of Informal Diplomacy

Diplomats are usually known for their strict protocol, especially when engaged in formal negotiations. This is for good reason, as this etiquette aims to ensure equal participation of all parties in the debate.

September 2022

The Powerhouse Series III with Corinne Momal-Vanian: Is philanthropy adapting to our chaotic world?

It was thrilling to see all your faces and smiles at our 3rd Powerhouse Session online on Monday, Sep 5!

September 2022

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: The Surprising Back Channel Schumer-Manchin Deal

Not only Washington D.C. was shocked and buzzing on August 2 when Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin announced they had clinched a deal on the Biden Administration’s climate change bill. How did this historic negotiation come about?

August 2022

THE DANCE OF LEADERSHIP: Leading and negotiating in the ballroom

The negotiation of a well-orchestrated political response toward Russia has been challenging EU member states with ever new tests of cohesion for weeks now, calling for a more forceful and skillful style of negotiation.

Each month, we muse about some aspect of negotiation, gamification or philanthropy and its effect on our work and world. Comments welcome!

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Dr. Mark Young, CEO of Rational Games Inc.

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Our business is built around three elements: negotiation training as a service, games and play as a unique way to provide that service and philanthropy as the reason we do what we do.

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Negotiation Training

We offer professional coaching and training services that make use of practical and playful approaches to develop win-win negotiation skills through real-world problem-solving experiences.

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Philanthropy

We seek strong partnerships with like-minded social businesses, foundations and private philanthropists who share our conflict-solving philosophy through the universal power of play and who can amplify our impact.

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Games

We develop proprietary games, applications and theatrical experiences that reinforce our practice of win-win negotiation and show our clients that they can take fun seriously.

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