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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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.

July 2022

HIMALAYAN DANCE: Nepal’s clever fuel negotiations with India and China

On the occasion of this month’s visit to Nepal (first teaching, then trekking and visiting a monastery) I was struck again by the courage and tenacity of this tiny country wedged between the giants of China and India. 

June 2022

PHILANTHROPY WITH CONNECTION: Helping out in Ukraine

As the situation has worsened in Ukraine over the past ten weeks, we at Rational Games have also wrestled with the question of what we can do to help with our limited means.  Where best to give and how to ensure there is an impact? 

May 2022

HE MUST BE CRAZY: Negotiating with Irrational Partners

Most of the world continues to hold its breath waiting for what might happen next in Russia’s war. The long line of heads of state and other dignitaries who made the trip to Moscow largely share the same estimation: he must be crazy.

April 2022

THE INFINITE GAME OF BUSINESS: Inspirations from Simon Sinek

“There are at least two kinds of games in life. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

March 2022

MUSICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS: Introducing the Kivu Youth Project

Especially in the light of the current crisis on the Ukrainian border, Rational Games is pleased to present its most recent grantee:Musicians Without Border (MWB) and specifically their Kivu Youth Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

Approach

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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