MISSION & VIsion
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 to apply “the Harvard method” for problem-solving negotiation – a technique taught at leading law schools and business schools around the world?
With a shared sense of purpose and vision, educational leaders and experts in negotiation came together to design and pilot an experiential English-language negotiation skills program for high school students 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 launched in 2015 as an independent non-profit organization to carry forward and further develop the pioneering concept and vision.