You won’t find long lectures or pop quizzes in our workshops. Everything we do is based on an experiential approach to education. Participants experiment by doing something intuitively (a game, a role play, a simulation), then examining their results together, reflecting on what factors affected their outcomes, and determining what they might want to change or try the next time around. This experiential method creates a more profound connection to and understanding of key concepts. It also gives each participant a personalized journey into new ideas and tools to which they can connect their own outlooks and lived experiences, whatever their backgrounds or points of view.
We uncover assumptions and preconceptions that shape how we negotiate with others, helping participants to name their assumptions, identify more enabling ones, and foster a mindset of growth and possibility.
We build key life skills for effective problem-solving and communication, practicing and learning to apply new skills with practical tools.
We develop foundational knowledge of relevant theory and create a shared vocabulary to support effective negotiation and communication.
WHAT WE DO
GAME CHANGERS – ONLINE WORKSHOPS
Our sequence of 90-minute Game Changers digital workshops builds vital life skills by introducing students to a problem-solving approach to negotiation based on methodology developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project. In interactive sessions – with games, break-out exercises and creative role-plays adapted for online learning – students will discover key negotiation concepts and practical thinking tools while strengthening their English language skills. We can run the workshop with single schools and with mixed school groups. We are rolling out these workshops in partnership with school networks.
The Game Changers Student Workshop is our flagship two-day experiential negotiation skills program involving two high schools paired together. Participating 5-point English high school students discover foundational concepts of problem-solving negotiation through engaging and interactive exercises, role plays, and games. Students are fully immersed in a supportive and nonjudgemental English-speaking environment built upon the negotiation course material and partnership with students from another social and linguistic background. Each participating school in the pair hosts one day of the program at their school during the regular school week as an official co-curricular learning experience and intercultural exchange supported by the administration. PATHWAYS has delivered Game Changers workshops to several thousand high school students in a wide range of communities. In the 2018-2019 academic year, PATHWAYS worked with 800+ students from diverse Jewish and Arab communities in 40 schools.
PATHWAYS programs REVOLVE around a progression of experiential learning cycles supported by a process of FACILITATED DISCOVERY, connection and experimentation. Participants learn by doing, reflecting, and then constructing new conceptual frameworks and practicing skills together.