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)


Harvard Business Review: Who Moved My Cube?

A look at important factors that need to be considered when creating collaborative spaces.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Enabling Work Practice

Drawing on research from around the world, this report discusses work practice and how it can be best supported.

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge for Business Leaders: Why Office Design Matters

While this is an older article (2005) it does introduce a great book –Thinking for a Living: How to Get Better Performance and Results from Knowledge Workers, by Thomas Davenport. This excerpt discusses ways in which the physical environment is critical for knowledge workers.

IBM – The New Collaboration: Enabling Innovation, Changing the Workplace

From 2008, this still-timely paper convincingly makes the case for the importance and inevitable need for companies to collaborate in order to succeed.

In Today's Process-Driven Workplace, Collaboration is King

Overview of the 2008 book The Culture of Collaboration by Evan Rosen which discusses collaboration styles, trends, and critical cultural factors.

Collaborative Knowledge Work Environments

A 2004 GSA summary of research findings that analyzes factors that contribute to effective collaboration.

Meetings Around the World: The Impact of Collaboration on Business Performance

Research findings from Frost & Sullivan who partnered with Microsoft and Verizon to understand how businesses utilize collaboration.

Gensler 2008 Workplace Survey

Insight about workplace activities that produce business success including the need to collaborate.

Gensler Design + Performance Index: U.S. Workplace Survey

2006 employee survey results that support the need for collaboration.

Gather Products

Space Division

Meeting Support