Announcing A New Home for Gather Community Consulting
I am thrilled to announce that Gather has a new home in downtown Seattle! We are now located at Industrious, a shared office space focused on providing a beautiful and professional work environment to some of Seattle best brands.
Gather's work at Industrious is the beginning of an exciting partnership that will bring in more Seattle businesses to the space for events, workshops, and activities.
I decided to embark on this relationship with Industrious after meeting Emily Streeper, their community manager. She immediately struck me as the kind of community builder every coworking space needs -- thoughtful, upbeat, strategic in her approach, and able to wrap up the mission of the space clearly and succinctly so I could understand what Industrious is adding to Seattle coworking as a whole.
Industrious is home to companies across many different industries; from local real estate developers to content marketing agencies to corporate giants. What sets them apart is their focus on the community but with a serious and business-friendly vibe. I am all for building community in a coworking environment (it is non-negotiable, in fact), but it should never come at the cost of getting work done, and events must never interrupt the workday.
Why is the partnership important to Industrious? Part of launching a coworking space in an entirely new city is reaching out and becoming accessible and valuable to the local community. Industrious sees the value in bringing the outside in by opening their doors to local businesses. One of the first things Emily said to me was that she was not interested in the space being everything to everyone. Rather, she wanted to be of service to local community members and help them find the right home for their work. This resonated with me deeply, given that there are a number of top-notch coworking spaces throughout Seattle, but not all communities are a fit for all.
Going forward, Gather will be a community partner for Industrious Seattle. I will be helping Emily find event partners and optimize the events already happening inside the space.
What does all this mean for you, local community builder?
1. If you're interested in learning more about community building, and you live in Seattle, you can come to our bi-monthly meetup events in March, May, and July. We'll focus on topics like events, the blockchain, and leadership.
Follow Seattle Community Builders and RSVP to our events here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattlecommunitybuilders/.
Follow Industrious Seattle on Instagram (@industriousseattle) to see what the location is really like.
2. Are you a local community builder or other expert and want to host an event or lunch & learn at Industrious? Our relationship with Industrious means that friends of Gather are now also friends of Industrious.
Contact Carrie directly for more information on how you can get more involved at Industrious: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in scheduling a tour of the Industrious Seattle space, contact Emily Streeper at email@example.com.
I personally believe that this partnership indicates the deep importance of community building in successfully launching new companies, or in expanding existing ones. I am thrilled to be part of the community that Industrious has built so far and to help them expand into new territory.