OEF's Future Labs Department develops new programs for the foundation in order to further its mission of peace through governance. Future Labs also houses its own projects which work to enhance human collaboration in the interest of peace, benefitting OEF programs through technological and methodological innovations as well as access to new networks.
eXperimental Negotiation Initiative (xNI): Launched in collaboration with William Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation, the eXperimental Negotiation Initiative (xNI) explores the obstacles to negotiated agreement and how to overcome them. xNI currently works in some of the world’s most urgent and intractable conflicts with a focus on Korea and Venezuela. We work to interrupt violence, create off ramps to war and generate new positive-sum possibilities for peace.