We are constantly on the lookout for exceptional partners the San Diego Diplomacy Council can work with to share our love of learning, diplomacy, negotiation, and teamwork with others. Few organizations have a vision for a program so closely aligned with ours, and few programs are as successful, as our recent partnership with PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education.
With the help of PATHWAYS’ expertise, we were able to co-facilitate a series of dynamic virtual creative negotiation and exchange workshops for 23 San Diego and Israeli high school students interested in learning how to approach difficult negotiations in diverse and creative ways. The workshop series, which took place across three weeks in February, involved students in a range of simulations, games, and strategies to improve their negotiation skills.
Avi Goldstein, Founder and Director of PATHWAYS, facilitated each of the workshop’s sessions. Avi completed his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in Psychology and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the International School of Hebrew University. About eight years ago, he began working in the world of education to introduce problem-solving negotiation as a life skill taught at educational institutions, from secondary schools to universities. Avi has worked with thousands of students around the world – we had no doubt our students were in good hands with him!
What made this program particularly exciting was its international component. Not only were San Diegan high school students involved (particularly students from La Jolla Country Day School, who partnered with us on this program), but the cohort also included 12 students from Sha’ar Hanegev in Israel. We were so pleased to collaborate with these two incredible institutions to engage students in a global perspective, and show them through experience how differing opinions and lived experiences can affect any negotiation process.
Thank you to PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education, the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, Sha’ar Hanegev High School, and La Jolla Country Day School for your support on this program.