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 2021

BOXING FOR PEACE: Introducing United Boxing in Berlin

We finish the year by introducing our newest grantee, Sports4More (SfM) in Berlin, a young and innovative initiative that uses the medium of boxing to reach at-risk youth from socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

November 2021

COACHING THAT MATTERS: Helping Political Negotiators think Strategically

What an exciting political autumn we are having in Germany, with both a Federal and two state elections on the same day! Given the complicated six-party system here, there is now a myriad of combinations possible.

October 2021

DEALING WITH THE DEVIL: Negotiating with the Taliban

Just a few weeks ago, we helplessly watched the hasty and ignominious departure of American troops from Afghanistan, followed by the fairly immediate withdrawal of most of our other allies. Was this decision wise?

August 2021

RATIONAL GAMES AT 20: A Bavarian Celebration

This month, please allow the team at Rational Games to share in their marking the occasion of our 20th anniversary (founded in 2001) this weekend, where our trainers, Board and honored guests gathered for four days in Bavaria.

August 2021

MAY THE BEST TEAM(S) WIN: The Thrill of Negotiation Competitions

As some of our followers and readers may know, we have both in recent years had the honor of serving as jury members for both the Warsaw Negotiation Round and The Negotiation Challenge, here is why!

July 2021

THE EAGLE AND THE FOX: Biden and Putin in Geneva

All eyes were on Geneva last week to watch the capstone of President Biden’s European trip: his “working summit” with Vladimir Putin. Would it be more than a “meet and greet”? Would meaningful concessions be made by either side?

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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