INP has partnered with internationally renowned Brazilian-born artist Romero Britto to explore ways of using art to promote a deeper understanding of the principles of conflict management. Projects include art collaborations and joint work on a book, as well as curriculum development for students at all levels.
We all connect with the world around us in different ways. The Art of Negotiation project seeks to provide a unique avenue for learners to understand conflict, our role within it, and ways to constructively resolve it. Britto, known for his bright, optimistic style, has created two series of paintings in cooperation with INP. The first, in partnership with the students in Professor Shapiro's Harvard College Course, Negotiation and Conflict Management: From the Interpersonal to the International, provides a visual representation of the concepts in the book, Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as you Negotiate. The second series, unveiled in April 2016 during a book launch event at the historic Sixth & I venue in Washington, DC, represents the major themes in Professor Shapiro's new book, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts. These beautiful pieces have become an integral part of INP's teaching curriculum, allowing workshop participants to more deeply resonate with the concepts of conflict resolution.