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“For the last few years I’ve avoided social gatherings because I find them meaningless and banal. I learned much from this book. Closer has created both an art and a science to gathering in ways that can bring joy and fulfillment to any meeting.”
A Roadmap to Heart-Centered Social Experiences
Closer is more than a groundbreaking exploration of how gatherings enrich our lives — it’s a practical guide to nurturing connections in the modern era of social media and social isolation.
Author Jenny Dalio takes us on a two-fold journey: first, moving inward to connect with ourselves and our values, and next looking outward to embrace community. A beautiful take on contemporary relationships, Closer is a blueprint for any soul who craves heart-centered relationships.
What’s Inside Closer
- Inspiration for a new mode of social gathering — one that brings us together even during times of loneliness and isolation
- Activities and prompts for forging more fulfilling relationships (with new friends and those who have been nearby all along)
- Actionable advice and principles that ring true no matter the circumstances
The first female curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, Dalio’s approach to social connection is refreshing and nuanced. She draws on years of experience as an organizer of large gatherings to offer a path forward in this new era.
Get Closer and enjoy reinvigorated relationships and a renewed perspective on how to foster connection.
How is it that the internet connects us to a world of people, yet so many of us feel more isolated than ever? That we have hundreds, even thousands of friends on social media, but not a single person to truly confide in? Closer offers every reader a blueprint to find their people and build and nurture community, because connectedness—as more and more studies show—is our key to happiness, fulfillment, and success.
A book that’s equal parts inspiring and interactive, and packed with prompts, charts, quizzes, and full-color illustrations, Closer takes readers on a two-part journey. Part one is Going IN—a gentle but intentional process of self-discovery and finding out your true direction. Part two is Going OUT—building on all that you’ve learned about yourself to find those few special people who feed your soul, and discovering, or creating, the ever-widening groups that align with your aims and desires.
We rely too much on routine and the 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.
Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn't, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings—conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp—and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.
The result is a book that's both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. Closer will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue—and how you host and attend them.