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!
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April 2018

CRAZY LESSONS Negotiation Lessons from Bhutan

Drukpa Kunley, an itinerant wanderer who lived to be nearly 100, was most famous for shocking behavior: highly sexual bravado, defiance of all tradition and extreme joy and despair.

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March 2018

IS IT GOOD TO LET IT RIP? On anger in negotiations

In many negotiations, there comes a time when emotions flare up, where people start shouting at each other or stomp out of the room. But the feeling is that this sort of anger is misplaced and will do more harm than good. Is that so?

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February 2018

ARE THEY WELCOME HERE? Introducing a Six-Party Negotiation Game about Refugee Policy

This month I would like to introduce our latest negotiation game – a six-party four-hour simulation drawn from the real world of political negotiation around the (European) refugee crisis.

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January 2018

JAMAICAN COCKTAIL Lessons from the German Coalition Talks

Sometimes failed negotiations are the ones that teach us the most. This fall, I had the privilege to personally advise one of the negotiating parties in the talks to form a new German government following the September election.

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December 2017


Every few months on this blog we highlight one of our grantees. This month I would like to introduce the fascinating work of Capoeira4Refugees. 

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November 2017

WHEN IN ROME… The Challenges of Intercultural Negotiation

Perceptions are always subjective in negotiation, as we all see the world differently. This is all the more true when we are dealing with other cultures. How to handle that?

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October 2017

BUT IS IT REALLY WORKING? The World of Impact Investing

“Impact measurement” has probably been the biggest buzzword in the philanthropy community over the past decade, as this “industry” strove to move away from its sleepy beginnings in the comfortable world of grant-giving and begin to...

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September 2017

UNTANGLING COMPLEXITY A Report from the G20 Negotiations in Hamburg

The dynamics of this process were fascinating to experience. Just as in a symphony, things started slow, at a courtly pace, with periods of inactivity interspersed with surprise developments.

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August 2017


For Carse, life can fundamentally viewed through two lenses.  If all the world is a stage, then we are all playing either finite or infinite games.

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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?

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