Great Negotiator Award

PON created the Great Negotiator Award in 2000 to recognize an individual whose lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact. Composed of a network of faculty and scholars dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools, PON has recognized a diverse cast of distinguished negotiators from their respective fields: Tommy Koh (2014), Ambassador from Singapore; James Baker (2012), former Secretary of State; Martti Ahtisaari (2011), Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former President of Finland (2010); Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists who created “The Gates” in Central Park (2008); Bruce Wasserstein, Chairman and CEO of Lazard, an international financial advisory and asset management firm (2007); Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2005); Richard Holbrooke, former United States ambassador to the United Nations (2004); Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union (2003); Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations’ special envoy for Afghanistan (2002); Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. trade representative in the second Clinton administration (2001); and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell for his work in Northern Ireland (2000).

Under the leadership of Professor James Sebenius, PON has developed a set of teaching materials relating to the Great Negotiator honorees. These materials include DVDs of events and interviews and case study packages describing actual negotiations. For more information, refer to the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center.

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Former President Martti Ahtisaari honored with Great Negotiator Award!

PON Staff   •  09/23/2010   •  Filed in Daily, Events, Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Will Honor Former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award
Co-sponsored with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Great Negotiator Event Offers Real-World Negotiation Discussion to All Students

For Immediate Release

CAMBRIDGE, MA (September 21,  2010) The Program on Negotiation … Read More 

Great Negotiator Schedule Announced

PON Staff   •  09/14/2010   •  Filed in Daily, Events, Great Negotiator Award

Drafts of the case studies of President Martti Ahtisaari’s work in Aceh and Kosovo are available for review in order to prepare for this year’s Great Negotiator discussion.

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2008) and former President of Finland (1994-2000), Martti Ahtisaari will be honored with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award by the Program on Negotiation … Read More 

The 2010 Great Negotiator

PON Staff   •  08/19/2010   •  Filed in Daily, Events, Great Negotiator Award, News

On September 27, 2010, Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2008) and former President of Finland (1994-2000) Martti Ahtisaari will be honored with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Future of Diplomacy Project. Martti Ahtisaari will participate in a faculty led discussion in Spangler Auditorium at Harvard … Read More 

PON saddened by the death of artist and Great Negotiator, Jeanne-Claude

PON Staff   •  11/19/2009   •  Filed in Daily, Events, Great Negotiator Award, Negotiation Skills, News

“The Program on Negotiation is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jeanne-Claude, half of the dynamic and brilliant artistic partnership of Christo and Jeanne-Claude,” commented Robert H. Mnookin, Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. “In September 2008, we honored Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the Program on Negotiation’s “Great Negotiators”. … Read More 

Program on Negotiation saddened by the loss of 2007 Great Negotiator, Bruce Wasserstein

PON Staff   •  10/15/2009   •  Filed in Daily, Great Negotiator Award, News

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School was saddened to learn of the death of Bruce Wasserstein, PON’s 2007 Great Negotiator. The Great Negotiator Award is  given to recognize an individual whose lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact. Wasserstein, Chairman and CEO of  … Read More 

The 2008 Great Negotiators on WGBH’s Greater Boston

PON Staff   •  09/30/2008   •  Filed in Great Negotiator Award, News

On Monday, September 29, the 2008 Great Negotiator Award recipients, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, were featured on WGBH’s Greater Boston.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were honored on September 23, 2008, at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston for their skill in negotiating successfully to create extraordinary works of art in a wide variety of … Read More 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Speak

PON Staff   •  09/29/2008   •  Filed in Great Negotiator Award, News

New York artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude spoke about how they negotiate permission for their large public artworks during a panel discussion at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art on Sept. 23 that was organized by Harvard Law School, which gave the couple its 2008 Great Negotiator Award.

Read the full article online at The New England … Read More 

HLS Awards Artists at ICA

PON Staff   •  09/29/2008   •  Filed in Great Negotiator Award, News

Precision seems to be very important to artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. In one of their most well-known projects, executed in in February of 2005, 7500 saffron gates were installed in Central Park. In 1991, 1340 oversize blue cloth umbrellas were installed in Japan at the same time 1760 yellow umbrellas popped up in California in … Read More 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Discuss Art of the Deal

PON Staff   •  09/25/2008   •  Filed in Great Negotiator Award, News

The dynamic husband and wife artistic team of Christo and Jeanne-Claude are likely better negotiators than many foreign leaders.

The pair is best known for their massive art installations, often using nylon or woven fabric to highlight buildings or works of nature. Their most recent project (2005), “The Gates,” consisted of 7,503 16-foot-tall steel gates with … Read More 

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