THE ART OF GATHERING: HOW WE MEET AND WHY IT MATTERS BY PRIYA PARKER
Why is one dinner party a roaring success and another dull and awkward? Why is an acquaintance’s wedding in a backyard more memorable than your good friends’ celebration at the Ritz? Sure, people and their chemistry together play a big part in making gatherings rewarding and fun. But what if we could distill the key elements that inspire a good time, and apply them to make all our gatherings transformational? Conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker (M.I.T. and Harvard Kennedy School alum) has overseen peace processes in the Arab world and facilitated race relations on American college campuses. Her research draws on myriad customs from around the world to offer insights and inspiration on making our most basic human need—relating to others—more meaningful.