Brené with Priya Parker on The Art of Gathering Brené with Priya Parker on The Art of Gathering
November 25, 2020

Brené with Priya Parker
on The Art of Gathering

In this episode, I talk with Priya Parker – a master facilitator, strategic advisor, and the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. We dig into what it means to come together, why connection requires intention, and the often-invisible structures inside our most meaningful gatherings. Priya even helps me deconstruct my wedding and why, decades later, people still tell me how different and fun it was!

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Priya Parker

Priya Parker
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Priya Parker is helping us take a deeper look at how anyone can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time. She is a master facilitator, strategic advisor, acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters, and executive producer and host of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart.

Priya has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community, identity, and vision at moments of transition. She has helped numerous clients develop better gatherings, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Obama administration, and the World Economic Forum. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.

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The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
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The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker

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.

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