Community Mission Statement:

A cozy place to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!

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Awards and Press

Areas of expertise and referrals:


Why Freedom Over Fear Wins at Work. Collective Agency Wins for Top Practices in Freedom at Work. By Traci Fenton of WorldBlu. August 6th, 2013.

“These practices were voted on by the WorldBlu community for demonstrating excellence in operationalizing the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy. Collective Agency, a co-working organization located in Old Town, Portland, US, picked up not one but two awards at the WorldBlu Night of Honor.”

The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ 2013 is comprised of 51 organizations. Announced April 9th, 2013.

“An organization makes it onto the WorldBlu List through a survey process their employees complete, which evaluates the overall design of an organization along a fear-based to freedom-centered continuum.”

Meyer Memorial Trust’s “I Am Oregon” Oregon Unlimited Roadshow: Portland. Announced April 3rd, 2013.

Alex was one of 9 finalists in Portland out of hundreds of nominees, recognized at a luncheon for his work which includes leading Collective Agency.


Our Choice: Watch the Economy Happen to Us — or Shape It For Us. By Sara Horowitz of Freelancers Union. June 13th, 2013.

“Most of the early co-working spaces were locally-owned operations, where members and owners collaborated to keep improving, and there was a sense of community. We’ve held events at places like 3rd Ward, in Brooklyn, and Collective Agency, a cooperative workplace in Portland, Oregon. These places are charming and feel very DIY. And because they’re locally-owned, revenues stay local.”

Portland’s Co-Working Spaces. By Leslie Bourke of Bourke Design. August 6th, 2013.

“I’m currently a member here and really enjoy it so far. Situated in Old Town, Collective is close to many businesses and very accessible via mass transit. Inside, skylights and exposed brick walls contribute to a casual and open feel. “

Holiday Planning Still Got You Stuck? Collaborate with Your Community! By Freelancers Union. December 20th, 2012.

“Give a friend or colleague a membership or gift certificate to a coworking space. They’re a great way to connect with a community of creative, entrepreneurial freelancers, to learn new skills – and maybe even find new work partners or clients. Check out Office Nomads, Collective Agency, and NextSpace.”

Everything old is new again: Next generation of Portland coworking spaces begins to take shape. By Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. September 19th, 2012.

“Collective Agency has taken a decidedly democratic tact for managing their space with an environment that is designed to be “a cooperatively organized workplace offering membership and meeting space to the public.” The workspace, itself, is beautiful with exposed brick and interesting decor.”

Coworking in Portland. By Joel Dullroy of DeskMag. May 9th, 2012.

“With a large high-ceiling work room, comfy couches, friendly residents and lots of meeting rooms, Collective Agency has both great facilities and a healthy internal community.”

Mozilla’s Portland Presence. Interview with Dietrich Ayala of Mozilla. April 20th, 2012.

“At long last the green city… Sharing space with like-minded companies at the Collective Agency, employees will now have an office to collaborate, socialize and spread the love. It’s a democratic and mission-driven co-working space, with an elected council and a constitution.”

Helping Coworking Members Interact. By Anna Cashman of DeskMag. January 25th, 2012.

“Collective Agency” serves as an exceptional example to the coworking community. Indeed, the fact that members are citizens, able to vote on decisions affecting their workspace, delivers a sense of ownership and pride.”

The Evolving Ways We Work. By Kelly Ripley Feller, Director of Social Media for Citrix. January 10th, 2012.

“I discovered a new “collective workspace” in Portland that might just help me break free from the all-too-familiar walls of my home office and get out there and be more social…. The new artsy downtown loft space known as Collective Agency….”

Coworking Spaces You Should Check Out. By Joey Devilla, Tech Evangelist for Shopify. January 3rd, 2012.

“One of the hubs of Portland’s lively tech/indie/creative community is Collective Agency, located in downtown Portland… there’ve been a lot of good word-of-mouth and Yelp reviews about this place.

VIDEO: Incubating Democracy: Alex Linsker of Collective Agency. By Thubten Comerford & Michael Coates of Startup Weekly. December 5th, 2011 (Video starts 44 seconds in. Interviewed Sept. 30th, 2011).

“Welcome to Collective Agency, an incubator without borders for people who want to meet and build, well, anything. It’s a “DIY” atmosphere here for self-organizing teams, a community for everyone with a passion and a purpose.”

16 New Neighborhood Businesses Opened in August. By Ben Waldron of Neighborhood Notes. September 6th, 2011.

“The goal is for people to be inspired by those around them, even if they are working on completely different tasks. In a town where traditional office life is not the norm, Collective Agency is a perfect fit.”

Press prior to official opening August 1st, 2011:

Why a Coworking Incubator Program is Good for Portland. By Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. May 16th, 2011.

“At first blush, I didn’t really understand how it constituted an incubator. So I asked for some clarification. What I received from Alex Linsker seemed like a damn fine guest post.”

Press mentions:

VIDEO: Cooperative Governance. Alex Linsker of Collective Agency, interviewed by Dr. Don Baham of Alliance for Democracy’s “Populist Dialogues” (Episode 13-11 aired on Multnomah County’s Portland Community Media and Washington County’s Tualatin Valley Cable Television). March 8th, 2013.

6 Reasons to build a cooperative of coworkers. By Rémy Cagnol of DeskMag. February 13th, 2013.

Portland Business Incubators: Launching Solutions to Local and Global Challenges. By Paul Gerald of Neighborhood Notes. November 7th, 2012.