Showing posts with label gathering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gathering. Show all posts

Thursday, October 20, 2022

DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 9 AM to noon

Come join us for Fall fun at DelCarte Park in Franklin!

This Saturday, October 22nd from 9 AM - 12 PM join the Franklin Conservation Commission to celebrate the start of Autumn!

There will be fun for the whole family, so don’t miss out!

*Community service hours validated for students and scout groups.

DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 9 AM to noon
DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 9 AM to noon

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Now Announcing: The Gathering Makeover Series!

Now Announcing: The Gathering Makeover Series!

You're invited to
The Gathering Makeover

I'm thrilled to announce The Gathering Makeover, a free four-part video series to re-imagine how we spend our collective time as we ease back into our communities.

After 16 months of doing things very differently, many of us are now wondering how to bring people together and show up to gatherings again. 

As schools re-open, administrations are asking: Who do we bring back first? How do we take care of our teachers? What's the purpose of a school?

As offices debate bringing staff back in person, they're asking: What is the core of our work? Who needs to be part of what? What and who benefits from in-person connection? How do we hybrid gather well?

As we get invited to parties and picnics and potlucks again, we get to ask ourselves: Who are my people? How open am I to the new? How do I want to spend my time? 

We're living through an extraordinary moment and have the rare opportunity to actually pause and makeover how we come together and spend our time. 

So, how do we make the most of this moment? Let's navigate this together.

The Gathering Makeover will give you the permission, inspiration, and tools to rethink one crucial gathering that matters to you and your people as we re-emerge—
from parties to classrooms to boardrooms. You'll start to explore what you'd like to be doing rather than what you've always done.

Starting July 28 at 3pm EST, I'll host a live workshop every Wednesday at the same time four weeks in a row. Joined by a special guest, I'll address some of the new gathering pressures we're navigating and creative ways to think about them. Each workshop is part conversation, part coaching, and part Q&A.

Learn More and Reserve Your Spot
RSVP by clicking the button above so we know to expect you! You'll receive a personal log-in to access the livestreams and their recordings. We'll also share additional resources, announcements, and reminders related to The Gathering Makeover.

Hope to see you there, 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Priya Parker: "The way we gather has been changed forever"

Priya Parker writes:
"The way we gather has been changed forever. How will we come together moving forward?  
This past year, we've had to figure out how to teach and wed and learn and work and graduate and worship and organize and celebrate and mourn without being physically together.

At long last, gathering is coming back. This re-emergence is the ultimate gathering makeover. And we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experiment, re-imagine, and dream up how we want to gather now. 

Let’s gather again as we never have before. Join me in this exploration this summer. "  Visit
Priya talks with Brene Brown in a two-part series, here is the link to Part 1

and the link to the Meeting Makeover talked about in Part 2

Saturday, December 26, 2020

The most important element of a good gathering

The most important element of a good gathering

Dear friends,
The single biggest mistake we make when trying to gather — whether physically or virtually — is assuming we already know its purpose. 

Even in our physically-together-normal-circumstances-gatherings, we assume the purpose is obvious. In these Corona times, as physical gatherings are fumbling into virtual ones, purpose becomes even more crucial. We now have a unique opportunity to investigate why we are gathering. Let me give you an example.

Over the past few months, millions of teachers have been scrambling to figure out how to teach their courses remotely. My mother-in-law, Nandini, is one of them.
She's a ceramics teacher at an all-girls school who now has to teach remotely. Without a kiln. Without clay. Without a way to squeeze a hand to show the right amount of pressure to apply when burnishing a vessel. It's hard to imagine a more physically-dependent gathering.
So without any of the tools she would normally have to teach, Nandini was forced to ask herself a set of questions:

  • Why do I teach this course?
  • How do I want my students to be different because of this experience?
  • What is the purpose of my class?

She realized she wanted her students to be confident problem-solvers, to be risk-takers, and to be able to create something from nothing. Ceramics was the medium but not the actual purpose
Nandini wanted them to keep using their hands, and to limit screen time. She wanted to keep them working in 3-D. She wanted them to be resourceful and use only materials they already had in their homes.  

My mother-in-law changes the class from ceramics to papermâché. She gave the project a new name: "Dinnerware with Paper". And she allowed for some creative freedom: they could make anything that could be put on a table. She also promised that she would still display their work at the school, once it reopened. She told me, "We will still honor their work."  
One of the biggest mistakes we make when converting a physical gathering into a virtual one is assuming it will look the same, just online.

As you are thinking about hosting virtual gatherings, don't confuse your assumed activity with the gathering's purpose. Your planning should always begin by asking first: What is the purpose now? 

Here are some questions to help you get clear on your gathering's purpose:

  • What is the desired outcome? 
  • Who is this gathering for (primarily)?
  • If all goes well, how might the guests be different because of this gathering?
  • How do you want people to feel when they walk away? 
  • If your virtual gathering is replacing an in-person one, has the purpose changed? Is it the same as we originally intended, or has the need changed? 
  • What is the role of the host, and what is the role of guests?

If this was helpful for you, I invite you to share this newsletter with a friend, one whom you feel always makes your gatherings a little bit brighter. 



P.S. For a deeper dive, check out my book, The Art of Gathering