Climate Negotiations

Boiling Point: Negotiation, Leadership, and Climate Change




Boiling Point” is a highly interactive workshop series designed to build leadership and negotiation skills to drive action on climate change.  It meets on five occasions in Spring 2022:

Fridays 10:30 a.m.  12:00 p.m. Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25
  9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Mar. 4

Teaching Team: Prof. Rand Wentworth, Monica Giannone, Anselm Dannecker

We have invited seasoned international climate change negotiators to join us to share their experiences of:

  • how to advance the Substance of climate change negotiations,
  • how to shape an effective Process for progress, and
  • how to build and maintain Relationships that drive change.

Most of the workshops will consist of a short input, a personal story from one of our guest speakers, followed by an in-depth discussion of the application of concepts from leadership and negotiation.

In addition, each session will include a 15-20 minute interactive work sprint with MIT’s EN-ROADS simulator. The work sprints will introduce participants to the system dynamics and interactions of climate change policies. For example, we will find out why subsidies for renewables might increase energy consumption if not complemented with other measures, why carbon prices tend to create faster adjustments than taxes on fossil fuels and how energy efficiency policies affect sectors such as oil and coal.

The workshop culminates in a full day Capstone Negotiation Simulation, where participants will assume the role of sector stakeholders and countries to negotiate a global policy mix based on the EN-ROADS simulator.


There are no formal prerequisites to take a course, but experience and familiarity with international climate change are an asset.

If you enroll in the workshop series, you commit to:

  1. Attend all sessions
  2. Spend 1-3 hours per week outside of class reading and getting familiar with the En-Roads simulator
  3. Prepare a 2-3 minute team presentation on the climate vision for the stakeholder that you have been assigned to represent in the final simulation.
  4. Take part in the full-day capstone negotiation simulation and play your role faithfully.

Session Plan

Session I: Introduction February 4, 10:30 – 12:00pm
Session II: Substance February 11, 10:30 – 12:00pm
Session II: Process February 18, 10:30 – 12:00pm
Session IV: Relationship February 25, 10:30 – 12:00pm
Session V: Capstone Exercise March 4, 9:00 – 5:00pm

Application Process  

Boiling Point is designed for highly motivated and committed students and selection requires an application process. Please find the application here: This application is due by Sunday. January 23rd 11:59pm ET. For questions regarding Boiling Point or the application process, please contact the Collaboratory at  

Teaching Team

Rand Wentworth is the Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He received the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021 and served on the faculty of the Senior Executive Fellows from 2017-2019. Wentworth also serves as president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, a national federation with 1000 land trusts, 13,000 board members and6.3 million members. He served as president from 2002-2016 and is widely recognized for expanding the pace and quality of land conservation in America.

Monica Giannone is the Director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Collaboratory at Harvard Kennedy School, where she is also an Instructor and teaches two negotiation courses for graduate students. The Collaboratory's work seeks to innovate at the intersection of negotiation and public leadership by bringing together academics and scholars with front line negotiators to produce research, trainings and workshops, and increase the capacity of public leaders to better negotiate, overcome difficult situations, and collaborate across difference.  Monica is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Management Division at Babson College and teaches negotiation in the M.B.A. program. Monica’s current areas of work focus on international climate negotiations, overcoming partisan divide in U.S. legislatures, negotiation in cities and local government, value-based conflict, situations of low-power, and gender and negotiation.

Anselm Dannecker is a Fellow at the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Collaboratory at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Dannecker focuses on complex multistakeholder negotiations in international finance, climate change, and European politics. Dannecker’s approach to negotiation is grounded in game theory and behavioral sciences. Currently, he is leading a project to explore how findings from other fields can be leveraged for negotiating effectively. As a Coach for the Kennedy School Negotiation Project, Dannecker has worked with individuals in targeted one-on-one settings on understanding default behavioral patterns in negotiation settings and improving individual negotiation performance. Dannecker has trained and consulted clients from various sectors, including European legislators and international climate NGOs.