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.


June 2019

LEARNING PEACE AT RECESS: Introducing Playworks

This month, allow me to introduce another one of our grantees: Playworks in Boston, Mass.

May 2019

WHY DO WE PLAY? The Octalysis Model of Gamification

Dr. Mark Young shares what he learned about the Octalysis model, developed Yu-Kai Chou.

April 2019

INGRATITUDE AT HOME: The Calamity that is Brexit

Many of us are riveted to the television to watch the live broadcasts of the increasingly ugly debate in the British Parliament on Brexit, with multiple humiliations of Mrs. May as vote after vote goes against her and the March 29. deadline

March 2019

GAMES FOR CHILDREN: Partners in Philanthropy

This month Rational Games is pleased to announce the launch of its new strategic partnership with Children of Peace.

February 2019

“FIGHTING” FOR PEACE: On Judo, Negotiation and Philanthropy

By Wayne Lifshitz, Rational Games Board Member, USA Judo Kata National Team Member

January 2019

JUMBO COMES TO PHOENIX: Negotiating Multilaterally, Consciously and Ethically

I want to take the occasion of the start of the New Year to introduce our latest game simulation, a seven-party multilateral negotiation engagement called Jumbo.

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.


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

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