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Gathering Lab Podcast
40 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
Casper ter Kuile, coauthor of How We Gather
Casper’s MO? Building a world of joyful belonging through reimagining spirituality and gathering. The study he co-authored with Angie Thurston for Harvard Divinity School, “How We Gather,” shines a light on how people are finding divinity and belonging outside of the traditional religious constructs. He details how to build a modern community founded on the act of doing versus aligning on beliefs. Through re-defining community roles, and creating a safe space designed to extract vulnerabilities, spiritual (and non-spiritual) gatherings just got a whole lot better. A to the men. Key Takeaways: Traditional family and religious structures have been liberated. People are no longer turning solely to institutions for fulfillment because of the clash between conventional institutions and individuals. Institutions are shutting down and people are becoming more lonely. Modern spiritual melding is on the rise. Help others identify who they can count on so they have security and a solid community. Establish a space for vulnerability, failure, and safety. This will create a space for authentic connections. Develop rituals and routines that help people understand when they're in they've entered in community. Conversation cards can be a powerful tool. Give specific roles to community members - no matter how large or small because it gives people psychological safety. Find collaborators (leaders, members, advisors, mentors, etc.) who will take responsibility to help build a sustainable community. Focus on a community's "way of being." Encourage each person to share their thoughts and align. Notable Quotes 2:50 | "The brand identity of mainstream religion really has had a bad decade in the 90s so that's shifted how people want to engage with religion." 4:32 | "People are living their lives much more unbundled so we're not going to one institution for all of our needs." 4:48 | "Our meaning making and our community lives are more and more becoming remixed to our kind of own personal set of practices." 6:54 | "The beautiful thing that I see is that humans naturally want to be together." 10:44 | "A lot of us have the right networks of connections and relationships, but often who's bringing the birthday cake to the party?" 16:10 | "It's not about consenting to the same belief about the world, but it's consenting to a regular practice together." 23:41 | A lot of new communities get built because someone has the vision and the passion and the skill to build something." 26:43 | "It's not about their skillset, but their way of being in the world." 28:25 | The more that people are spending time at work and it's the center of their purpose and meaning making and lives - to what extent can there really be authentic community that lives in the workplace?" - Big shout-out to Madison Hanna of Curated Compass for her incredible work in compiling the notes for this post. If you suspect your business could use some brand therapy, check out her site!
48 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
How to have truly meaningful gatherings: Our interview with Priya Parker, author of the Art of Gathering
Priya Parker - facilitator, strategic advisor, founder of Thrive Labs, has been making big waves since releasing her book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. In this interview, we discuss why gatherings are of increased interest at this historical moment, how we can make them more meaningful, how we can sustain them, and the importance of bringing them to a graceful end. We also go into the need to embrace conflict and non-neutrality more, not less! ”For me, a question worthy of pursuit was this: how can we make our everyday gatherings more meaningful and how can we equip more people to have the tools to do that in an accessible and democratic way?” Right on! Want the video? Watch our interview with Priya here.
40 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Rituals Done Rite: Our interview with Kursat Ozenc of Ritual Design Lab
Learning to master ritual is a critical skill for anyone interested in fostering belonging. It sits right at this edge between what’s comfortable and what forges strong bonds: without ritual, everyone gets to stay in their safe zone, but nobody really connects. With just a little creative thinking, however, a well-designed ritual can generate incredible relationships consistently. At the Ritual Design Lab, Kursat Ozenc and his collaborators have been experimenting with all kinds of creative projects to show just what’s possible—from Pop-Up Prayers to Virtual Friday Parties to Meeting Escape Hatches and more. He also recently released a book called Rituals for Work that could be tremendously handy for you. See the video version of this interview here.
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