Priya Parker talks with Debbie Millman about purposeful gatherings, embracing conflict, and why exclusion is paramount.
About the speaker
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. 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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You know when you see work that makes you cry, you're doing the right work. — Priya Parker
Start with your need and communicate it to other people, and then exclude people in your life who are not going to help you with that need in that specific moment. — Priya Parker
Part of the reason we're scared of conflict is because it's dangerous. And we have lost our collective rituals to deal with it. . . . Therefore, it goes into unhealthy heat. — Priya Parker
I truly believe that if we had more conflict in the world, we would have less violence. — Priya Parker
When do you need more I, and when do we need more WE. And allowing both to exist, but not necessary always at the same time. — Priya Parker