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The art of gathering : how we meet and why it matters
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"Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!" --Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED<br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
1Decide Why You're Really Gatheringp. 1
2Close Doorsp. 35
3Don't Be a Chill Hostp. 71
4Create a Temporary Alternative Worldp. 111
5Never Start a Funeral With Logisticsp. 145
6Keep Your Best Self Out of my Gatheringp. 193
7Cause Good Controversyp. 225
8Accept that There is an Endp. 245
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 295
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