Hi <<First Name>>,

A daily walk makes all the difference. In my case, it's a reprieve from the computer screen, an exercise, and a time to catch up on podcasts.

If you know me, you know On Being is my favorite podcast. Yesterday's listen -- Priya Parker on Remaking Gathering -- had me buzzing. Parker summarized so much of what the DFA community thinks about: How might we be more generous, accountable, and supportive facilitators and hosts. Here are some of Parker's key points still rattling around my brain: 
  • 90% of what happens in a room or workshop you're facilitating is determined by everything you do leading up to the moment people gather.
  • Democratic and equalized gatherings need a generous host -- someone that guides the group towards the success of their intentions, takes accountability for safety, and facilitates connections.
  • We must disentangle our conflation of the type of gathering with the purpose of why we're gathering.
What advice do you have on generous, accountable, and supportive facilitation? Reach out and start a conversation!

Alden + The DFA National Team
DFA's Annual T-Shirt Design Contest
Through October 31

Back on campus and need to show off your DFA pride? Enter the DFA T-Shirt Contest! 

The winning designer will receive a $150 gift card and a free t-shirt with their design. Two runners-up will each receive a $25 gift card. Read the rules for submitting - all entries are due October 31! 
Teaming with MURAL

MURAL launched DFA's Team Breakout as a site-wide template! Available to everyone, this feature is designed to help facilitate cohesion, centralize group work, present and debrief findings, and provide feedback.

This beginner-level MURAL feature supports teams of 4-24 and takes one or two hours to use!
The Art of Gathering
Priya Parker

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive, but they don't have to be. We rely too much on the routine and conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.
Creative Acts for Curious People
Sarah Stein Greenberg

Creative Acts for Curious People is a book full of unconventional and practical ways to help you bring creative approaches to any challenge you face. Exercises like Expert Eyes hone your observation skills, How to Talk to Strangers fosters understanding, and Designing Tools for Teams builds creative leadership. They’re at once light-hearted, tough, surprising, and impactful — and they’ll help you turn curiosity into ideas, and ideas into action.

The book features an incredible array of writers and thinkers, including DFA's own Eugene Korsunskiy!
DFA's model equips students with design thinking and innovation to tackle social challenges on campus and beyond.

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