Featured Mobius Practitioners: Priya Parker
“The way we gather matters. Gatherings consume our days and help determine the kind of world we live in, in both our intimate and public realms.”
Priya Parker, a Mobius Senior Expert and Founder of Thrive Labs, is a visioner, conflict mediator, strategist, author of acclaimed The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters and the host of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart. Priya is helping us take a deeper look at how anyone can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time.
Priya has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community and identity and vision at moments of transition. 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.
In addition to being a Mobius Senior Expert, she is a founding member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia.
Her book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (2018) has been named a Best Business Book of the year by Amazon, Esquire Magazine, NPR, the Financial Times, 1-800-CEO-READS and Bloomberg. She has spoken on the TED Main Stage, and her TEDx talk on purpose has been viewed over 1 million times. Priya’s work has been featured in numerous outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, TED.com, Forbes.com, Real Simple Magazine, Oprah.com, Bloomberg, Glamour, the Today Show and Morning Joe.
TED Talk: 3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings. Watch here.