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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October 2019

THE REPUBLIC OF URBANA: Play, culture and conflict resolution

This month I am proud to present our newest RGI grantee: the Republic of Urbana project started by the Munich based SchlaU-Schule for unaccompanied refugees from all over the world, especially Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Iraq and Syria.

September 2019

KEEPING IT SIMPLE Lessons from an Iterative and Player-Centered Interaction Design Process

In this month's blog Marc Kloubert shares what we learned about the importance of player-centred iterative interaction design during the design process of our PPC simulation application.

August 2019

NEGOTIATING DIPLOMATICALLY: Impressions of The Back Channel

Topping my reading list this summer is Nicholas Burns’ fascinating and wide-reaching memoir, The Back Channel: American Diplomacy in a Disordered World.

July 2019

THE MAGIC CIRCLE: What is Play and what is Real?

A colleague and fellow play scholar recently brought the work of Jean Piaget to my attention, specifically his work around „double consciousness“  in the learning development of children.

June 2019

LEARNING PEACE AT RECESS: Introducing Playworks

This month, allow me to introduce another one of our grantees: Playworks in Boston, Mass. https://www.playworks.org

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.

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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