Why We Gather
We are social beings. We convene, congregate, confer, and collaborate. We come together to discuss, disagree,
ideate, share, brainstorm, and solve problems. Sometimes, we want to be heard. Other times, we're there to listen. Large groups and small.
Planned and impromptu. We gather when we have a job to do and often, we do it better in the company of others. It's the way work gets done.
Because something special happens when we GATHER.
Gather Design Story (83.5KB PDF)
Collaborative Research: Making the Case for Collaboration
The design of Gather was based on thought-provoking research: how, why, and for how long people collaborate,
whether it's on a street corner, in the coffee shop, or as a chance encounter in the hallway on the way to lunch.
What we discovered is that what happens when we collaborate is often spontaneous, invigorating, and even productive.
We've put our thoughts together on how we view collaboration in the work environment, and specifically what it
takes to design effective collaborative spaces that people will not only want to use, but will find as a productive oasis
to get work done outside of the traditional workstation.
Collaboration White Paper (100KB PDF)