Sharpen Your Trade Negotiation Skills

Collaborative Communications is proud to partner on the development of Consensus, a new digital tool that immerses students in stages, rhythm, and strategies of a real trade negotiation through an online simulation.

Our project team, comprised of Collaborative; Andrea Durkin, former U.S. Government trade negotiator and current adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program; user experience consultancy LookThink; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); has developed an alpha prototype of the simulation in collaboration with international trade experts, former negotiators, and current and former students.

We have collected feedback on the prototype through user testing with more than 75 trade experts, educators, students, and trade professionals, and we are actively working to integrate this feedback into the development of a live beta tool that will be piloted at Georgetown University in Spring 2018.

To learn more about Consensus, please visit the newly-launched Here you can preview the platform’s features and read more about the team and advisors who are contributing to the development of the tool. The Student Voices blog provides a forum for students to share perspectives on trade and their experiences using the tool. The site also features a resource library for educators and students that is meant as a companion for students engaged in a simulation.

For updates on our progress over the coming weeks and months, please follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

What do you think about Consensus? How do you think an online negotiation simulation tool would be useful beyond the classroom? If you’re interested in sharing your insights or partnering with us on developing a digital tool, please email Katherine Hunt at