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.


July 2017

FRENCH LESSONS What Emmanuel Macron can teach us about negotiation

The new President of France has become the toast of Europe ever since he exploded on the stage just a few months ago. Is this the new Kennedy, the new de Gaulle, Napoleon, or even a male Joan of Arc?

June 2017


Even after years of experience as a negotiation practitioner and teacher/coach, I am still challenged by the nefarious effects of emotion in negotiation. This month we explore how to keep cool in hot negotiations.

May 2017

PLAYING FOR PEACE ON THE STREET Bond Street Theatre in Malaysia

Every few months, we like to blog about our esteemed grantees, the organizations that are successfully using games and play not only to teach negotiation in the classroom but who are out in the wider world applying this powerful medium.

April 2017

DO YOU REALLY MEAN IT? On Authenticity in Negotiation

Some years ago,  Barbra Streisand granted a one-hour interview with Larry King on CNN, just after her highly successful concert tour on the US East Coast.  Keen to glean as much as he could from this all-too-rare journalistic opportunity.

March 2017

IDEAS IN MOTION Teaching “Newcomers” to Negotiate

Every so often, we like to turn the spotlight of this blog on our esteemed RGI grantees. This month I would like to introduce the very exciting crowdfunding campaign of our partners SINGA Deutschland gUG in Berlin.

February 2017

THE ART OF THE (WIN-WIN) DEAL Can Negotiators Learn Anything From Donald Trump?

I have of course been observing the first days of Trump’s America with interest and trepidation, but also with the practiced eye of the negotiator.  From that perspective, there is much to be concerned about.

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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