Our monthly blog

Each month, we muse about some aspect of negotiation, gamification or philanthropy and its effect on our work and world. Comments welcome!
If you want to take part in the discussion, you are kindly invited to join our group 'Gamification and Negotiation' on LinkedIn.

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July 2020

Seeing is Believing: Framing Lessons from the Corona Crisis

Context is everything.  In the negotiation world, we call it framing.

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June 2020

DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD: Venture Philanthropy and its Siblings

Rational Games is a social business: we exist to lend our support to projects and organizations that make creative use of games and play to resolve conflict. So this month’s blog focuses on that side of what we do.

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May 2020

ZOOMING AHEAD The Delights and Challenges of Digital Seminars

This month Rational Games has been, like so many other training providers, engrossed in a valiant effort to see how much of our traditional training content can be moved online and offered digitally.

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April 2020

NEGOTIATING WITH A VIRUS: Lessons from the Corona Experience

This month, please allow me to do a more personal blog, on a topic that is on everyone’s mind all over the globe. But what does it have to do with negotiation?

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March 2020

PYRAMID POWER: Exploring Interests in Negotiations

The best negotiators focus on interests. They listen and ask questions.

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February 2020

The Red / Blue Game A Metaphor on Negotiation and Life

This month Rational Games puts the spotlight on our signature negotiation game: Red and Blue.

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January 2020

KILLING WITH KINDNESS: Care & Creativity in Negotiations with Difficult People

“Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo”

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December 2019

KICK ON ICE: Conflict resolution through hockey

This month, Rational Games is proud to present its latest grantee: the KICK on Ice project (KOI) in Berlin.

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November 2019

TRICK OR TREAT Negotiating in a Time of Tariffs and Tweets

The current stand-off in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China provides an instructive lesson for what happens when tit-for-tat slaps and punches become a proxy for true conflict resolution.

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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.

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