Negotiation Skill-Building, Leadership & Exchange

Put simply, “negotiation” is communicating with other people in order to try to reach agreements about things that we – and they – want and care about. In that sense, we all negotiate every day with the people around us. Whether with our friends, neighbors, teachers, family or colleagues, the way in which we conduct our day-to-day negotiations deeply affects how we relate with others and what we can accomplish. Negotiation, indeed, is a key life skill that can and should be taught and learned. For over seven years, we have worked with students, educators and associations to develop knowledge and skills in interest-based negotiation and to establish a shared language and framework for creative problem solving based on methodology developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project. Through experiential workshops and practical tools, participants are empowered in becoming leaders in creatively negotiating daily issues and resolving conflicts in their schools and communities – and in their academic, professional, and personal lives beyond. PATHWAYS is a non-profit organization (ASBL/VZW) registered in Belgium.


We conduct experiential workshops with schools we pair from across the city/region, creating a meaningful exchange with peers, building a shared framework for problem-solving, and providing an immersive opportunity to practice spoken English.

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In hands-on workshops and seminars, educators learn foundations of interest-based negotiation and practice applying practical frameworks relevant in and out of the classroom, equipping them to constructively engage students, colleagues, and parents.

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University groups (e.g., Model UN or Debate) can better prepare for important meetings by learning a practical negotiation framework, establishing a shared language and toolset, and incorporating the approach into individual and group preparation.

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Non-profit, social and educational associations can help their staff and/or members explore principled negotiation to help establish a shared culture for problem-solving and effective communication, and to nurture leadership skills.

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