Put simply, “negotiation” is communicating with other people to try to reach agreements about things that we – and they – want and care about. In this sense, we all negotiate every day with the people around us. Whether with friends, neighbors, teachers, family, bosses or colleagues, the way in which we negotiate deeply affects how we relate to others and what we can accomplish. 

Given its central role in our lives, problem-solving negotiation is a key skill that is an essential part of a well-rounded education. To this end, at PATHWAYS we work with students, educators and organizations to explore and apply proven, constructive approaches to problem-solving negotiation based on the “interest-based” methodology developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Through experiential, co-curricular workshops and programs, we aim to empower participants to creatively negotiate their daily issues, resolve conflicts, and become positive role models in their schools, organizations and communities – and their academic, professional and personal lives. 

We imagine a day when every student, educator and community leader will be equipped to negotiate creatively, constructively and fairly. 


In 2011, an innovative proposition was articulated: could high school students be brought together from across diverse communities, through the common ground of English Language classrooms, in order to discover and learn “the Harvard method” for problem-solving negotiation – a technique taught at leading law schools and business schools around the world?

Together, educational leader Dr. Rachel Tal (Amal Group) and negotiation expert Dr. Shula Gilad (PON, Harvard) worked with Risa Levy of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to develop and run an experiential English-language negotiation skills program for high school students in Israel in cooperation with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and consulting firms Vantage Partners and Triad Consulting Group.

After years of experience and refinement by the founding team, and in response to demand from the educational community, PATHWAYS was formed in 2015 by long-time lead facilitator & consultant Avi Goldstein and facilitator & social entrepreneur Daniel Nissimyan as an independent non-profit organization to carry forward and further develop the pioneering concept and vision.


Avi Goldstein - Lead Facilitator at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Avi Goldstein

Michael Schnall - Lead Facilitator at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Michael Schnall

Lead Facilitator
Adaya Turkia - Facilitator at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Adaya Turkia

Rachel Winner - Facilitator at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Rachel Winner

Michael Korman - Facilitator at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Michael Korman

Dan Nissimyan - Board member at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Dan Nissimyan

Board Development
Becca Garfinkel - Special Projects at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Becca Garfinkel

Special Projects
Becky Shvartsman - Communications and Operations at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Becky Shvartsman

Communications & Operations

Ido Oren

External Evaluator

Dr. Rana Abbas

External Evaluator
Susan Maishlish - Volunteer at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Susan Maishlish


Lauren Krouskoff

Alissa Breiman - Affiliate at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Alissa Breiman



Bruce Patton

Getting to Yes
Co-author of the best-selling Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In and Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, Vantage Partners, and Conflict Management Group (CMG).

Sheila Heen

Triad Consulting Group
Co-author of the New York Times Business Bestsellers Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, and Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Founder of Triad Consulting Group and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
Shula Gilad

Shula Gilad

Harvard University
Senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and a consultant to various Middle East programs and organizations. Previously, Director of Policy Research at Kennedy School of Government’s Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East.
Rachel Tal - Amal Group Advisor at Pathways Institute for Negotiation Education

Rachel Tal

Amal Group
Head of English Studies for the Amal network of colleges and comprehensive high schools in Israel for over 30 years. Since her Humphrey fellowship at Boston University in 2006-2007, she has continued to focus on programs for promoting tolerance, peace education, and social cohesion.
Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

Vantage Partners
Founding partner of Vantage Partners, a global consulting firm spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Co-founder and former Chairman of Conflict Management Group, a non-profit organization focused on disputes of international public concern (now merged into Mercy Corps).

Hussein Tarabeih

Founder and Executive Director of the Towns Association for Environmental Quality (TAEQ), the first Unit for Environmental Quality in the Arab Sector of Israel. Published expert and lecturer on environmental issues, co-existence, environmental conflicts, and urbanization.

Alain Lempereur

Brandeis University
Director of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Affiliated faculty and executive committee member of the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School.

Elad Oreg

Ono Academic College
Law Faculty member and lecturer at the Ono Academic College in Israel, where he has created a hybrid e-learning Mediation course being taught in all faculties. Facilitates an annual program to promote dialogue between students from different sectors of Israeli society.
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