The Art of Gathering

The Art of Gathering

How We Meet and Why It Matters

Book - 2018
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"Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!" --Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED

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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781594634925
Branch Call Number: 302.1 Par
Characteristics: xiv, 304 pages ; 24 cm

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MaryJoSchifsky
Apr 11, 2019

Recc by Jim Barrett Apr 2019

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TheresaAJ
Sep 26, 2018

This is the best book on facilitation that I have read in a long time. It doesn't rely on jargon, personality testing, or complex scenarios to paint pictures of various ways to get a group to work together. Instead, it works from the approach that we are all humans who have multiple layers and personas. Many of her techniques are designed to have a group work at the human level first and then reveal our layers of social constructs once we are an equal footing in the group. Parker also emphasizes that 90% of the work needs to be done in the design phase before the group even meets. I liked that her examples and case studies ranged from a baby shower and dinner party to high level government leaders and city-wide events.

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mlfur363
Jul 14, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's like no other event planning book I've ever read!

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