BizBash C.E.O. David Adler: Any Live Gathering is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Event: Event organizers need to shift their mindset and reconsider purpose, structure, and power dynamics at events, says author Priya Parker. It's all part of understanding the power of gathering. The first time I talked to Priya Parker we clicked. In her new book, The Art of Gathering, she says that smart event organizing, in all its forms, is a powerful tool that has been underrated and minimalized—feelings that I share.
Six Books that Will Change the Way You Think: Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink have selected the six Spring Finalist books for the Next Big Idea Club. The votes are in! Curators Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink have selected the six Spring Finalist books for the Next Big Idea Club, a groundbreaking new book club for nonfiction lovers everywhere.
How we Meet and Why it Matters: Priya Parker on the Art of Gathering Humans are naturally social animals, but convention and routine have made many of our gatherings stale and meaningless, at least according to author Priya Parker. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Parker, founder of Thrive Labs, about her new book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. Parker shares tips for how to use your next gathering to cultivate community and bring people together in meaningful way
Going To The Extreme: Gathering As An Art With Priya Parker Are you the type of person who obsesses over guest lists for parties, girls’ weekends, or meetings at work? Are you losing sleep over who to invite, worried about alienating new friends or colleagues, but hesitant to mess with the tried-and-true dynamics you’ve grown to love/hate? And you maybe even feel a little embarrassed, thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a little brunch!”
Weekend Reading For me, summer means parties on the patio, and over the years, I’ve learned great tricks from Martha Stewart and the gorgeous house-and-home magazines that pile up next to my bed. There are shawls on the back of my friends’ chairs, in case the night turns cool; there’s water in pretty bottles down the center of the table so we can all serve ourselves, and there’s something for everyone to eat, whether they’re vegan or meat-loving. But making sure the conversation is up to the standard of the place settings? Trickier. Priya Parker is an expert in that overlooked but crucial skill. Her background in conflict resolution taught her the value and impact of getting together in-person, with a set intention. I’ve been fascinated to read her book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, which Riverhead published in May.
“Cause good controversy” and other tips to hosting the perfect gathering: From dinner parties to conferences, Priya Parker’s new book brings people and empathy back to the centre of how we entertain Facilitator and strategic advisor, founder of Thrive Labs, TEDx talk speaker and now author, Priya Parker, who’s trained in conflict resolution, clearly flaunts several feathers in her career cap. In her new book, The Art of Gathering, she takes the stance that our gatherings thus far have lacked luster, and presents her shiny 2.0 edition. Endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Parker’s human-centered approach comes in eight easy steps—and includes provocative and cheeky pointers such as “Don’t Be A Chill Host” and “Cause Good Controversy”. Positioning herself far from the “old Martha Stewart way”, Parker shares her research and gathering process, and offers three tips to gathering with us.
From Parties to PowerPoint: How to Design Better Gatherings As a veteran facilitator trained in conflict resolution, Priya Parker has participated in peace processes in the Arab world and led meetings with everyone from college students to U.S. federal officials. Her new book, The Art of Gathering, draws on those experiences and research into meet ups as varied as flash mobs and funerals to offer tips for adding meaning to gatherings -- both the quotidian and once in a lifetime. Parker joins Forum to discuss why risk taking and exclusion are keys to better meetings and what you can do to add a sense of purpose to your get-togethers.
The Best Way to Make Your Meetings More Productive? Don't Try to Make Them More Productive! Instead, focus on purpose, people--and experiments. Oh no, you might be thinking, another article about how to make meetings more productive. And then...back at work: another unproductive meeting. How can it be that despite our best intentions and a swath of literature offering helpful advice, our meeting culture hasn't changed--and most of our meetings still suck?