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The art of gathering : how we meet and why it matters

Priya Parker (Author)
"A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together--at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond. In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play. Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn't, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings--conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp--and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience. The result is a book that's both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue--and how you host and attend them"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2018
Riverhead Books, New York, 2018
xiv, 304 pages ; 24 cm
9781594634925, 9780241973837, 1594634920, 024197383X
ebook version :
Decide why you're really gathering
Close doors
Don't be a chill host
Create a temporary alternative world
Never start a funeral with logistics
Keep your best self out of my gathering
Cause good controversy
Accept that there is an end