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Reimagine Gatherings

 Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation Reimagine GatheringsKatherine Streeter for NPR.
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‘Tis the season for gatherings! When many paused their holiday get-togethers last year, it created space for us to reflect on why and how we gather.

How can these occasions, whether in-person or virtual, be more meaningful in fostering kindness, growth, and belonging?

Priya Parker, the author of The Art of Gathering and an expert on conflict resolution, felt that the gatherings she attended had so much more potential. This inspired her 2019 TED talk, where she presented three tips for hosting transformative, everyday get-togethers: 

Give your gathering purpose

We often confuse the category of a gathering with the reason we are coming together.

Cause good controversy

Unhealthy peace is as threatening to humanity as unhealthy conflict.

Create a temporary, alternative world with pop-up rules

Think outside the box and level the playing field by giving your guests something to discuss and bond over.

Use Parker’s Thanksgiving advice or hosting checklist to rethink what your holidays could look like.


About the Center for HumanKindness

The Center for HumanKindness is an initiative of The Columbus Foundation with the mission to cultivate a culture of kindness that fosters a sense of belonging, and ultimately flourishing for all. Click here to sign up to receive the Center for HumanKindness e-newsletter, InsideKindness, and receive resources and service opportunities to help you on your kindness journey. Together, we can spread kindness and make it contagious within our communities!

Featured image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR. The Secret To Hosting: Define Your Purpose. Everything Else Will Follow.

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