SXSW EDU Keynote: Priya Parker & Baratunde Thurston

Acclaimed facilitator and strategic advisor Priya Parker, interviewed by host and author Baratunde Thurston, intricately explores the educational purposes and benefits of gathering and how to shape gatherings to achieve goals and establish new norms — all against the background of the COVID pandemic.

Priya Parker

Priya Parker is a 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 spent 20 years guiding leaders and groups through complicated conversations about community, identity, and vision at moments of transition. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two children.

Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom, and compassion. He is an Emmy-nominated host, author of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, and creator/host of How To Citizen with Baratunde which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020. He’s also a founding partner of the new media startup Puck. Baratunde is unique in his ability to integrate and synthesize themes of race, culture, politics, and technology to explain where our nation is and where we can take it. Baratunde lives in Los Angeles, California but mostly in the cloud.

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