Areas of expertise:
- Place: Shared workplaces, coworking communities, cozy workplaces.
- Processes: Self-governing communities, responsiveness with high expectations, openness and transparency.
- People: Personal values at work, people being treated equally.
Top Notch Coworking Spaces in Major U.S. Cities by Kayla Grassly of Free Range Office. April 28, 2017.
“We’ve rounded up some of the top coworking spaces in the country that frequently make the “best of” lists, so no matter where you are, you can get to work and get productive…. Collective Agency in Portland offers a large and bright working space…. Members can network and be productive while still having fun.”
USFWC Member Directory at the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives. March 31, 2017.
After a trial period of more than a year, Collective Agency is now recognized by the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives as a workplace democracy (“workplaces that are democratically managed and/or governed”), and is now a voting member organization of the Federation. Sister companies in Portland include Equal Exchange, Citybikes, and People’s Food Co-op.
Best co-working spaces in the U.S. for 2017 by Marija Kovačević of Nomad Capitalist. February 22, 2017.
““Work hard, stay productive and be kind to others.” That was the sign hanging on the door of my first co-working space I ever visited in Tbilisi…. It started as a game, but as the time passed our criteria have risen, and our attention to details, design and overall vibe of the place got more sophisticated. This is how our “best co-working spaces” lists were created…. Portland, Oregon: Collective Agency comes with everything we are looking for in one working space!”
2016: The Year in Review by Leslie Bourke of Bourke Design. January 31, 2017.
“Because of some professional and personal accomplishments, 2016 was a satisfying year for me…. With all my work responsibilities, I value having a quiet and cozy place to be productive alongside other entrepreneurs. Collective Agency continues to be my favorite co-working space in Portland. I was thrilled in November when owner Alex Linsker opened a second location in SE Portland. The atmosphere of the Division space has a completely different feel from the downtown location. The actual office is much smaller, but the building hums with about twenty other businesses. The downstairs hosts eateries like Stella Taco, Eb & Bean, and Bollywood Theater (delicious Indian food). And free street parking surrounds the building!”
13 Creative Portland Event Venues by National Event Pros. 2016.
“Portland. An unbeatable location to host an event. The city is home to a multitude of fantastic event venues, from shabby-chic to ultra-hip and everything in between. Below are a few of our favorite spots for hosting a memorable party, meeting, or wedding in the city that demands you to “keep it weird.” #1 Collective Agency: This venue is at its core a co-working space. But its gallery and loft areas can accommodate meetings of up to 150 people. The gallery’s clean lines and modern art will inspire your guests, while the loft’s rustic brick walls provide plenty of visual interest without any additional decor.”
The Molecular Clouds Fueling a 1/5 Solar Metallicity Starburst by Amanda A. Kepley, et al. in The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 828, Number 1. August 29, 2016. (And the pre-print free version.)
“Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, we have made the first high spatial and spectral resolution observations of the molecular gas and dust in the prototypical blue compact dwarf galaxy II Zw 40…. Subject headings: Galaxies: individual (II Zw 40) – ISM: clouds – galaxies: dwarf galaxies: starburst – galaxies: star formation – ISM: molecules…. A.A.K. thanks the Collective Agency (Portland, OR) for hosting her while a portion of this work was written.”
The Best of Both Office Worlds by Kristin Schuchman at Vicki Lind & Associates. October 2016.
“Coworking spaces in Portland that welcome creatives and changemakers. Those of us who enjoy working from home still sometimes crave, from time to time, the opportunity to commune with co-workers…. It can be satisfying to work alongside others. And we actually stimulate our creative brains when we collaborate on a slogan or visual concept, bounce an idea off a colleague…. Located in the Pearl, Collective Agency aesthetic looks like the advertising agency that cool people work at in movies, offering exposed brick walls, Scandinavian couches, natural light…. Though hip, Collective Agency evokes a sincere sense of community, offering events like readings and happy hours….”
Portland’s coworking options growing by another 1,000 square feet by Jon Bell at Portland Business Journal. October 25, 2016.
“The firm…is expanding with a 1,000-square-foot space at 3050 S.E. Division St…. Collective Agency offers…a community-type work atmosphere. The spaces include work areas, conference rooms and community events.”
30 Most Influential People in Coworking 2016 by Carly Dell at Kisi. March 30, 2016.
Happy to be recognized on this list along with friends and many other great people, for coworking and thinking about culture at work since 1999, first at Tisch Talent Guild, then CooperBricolage/New Work City, and since 2011, Collective Agency. And now there are 10,000 coworking places! -Alex “These are pioneers, revolutionaries, and next-level leaders who are all tied to one belief: that coworking is changing the way we work and is here to stay.”
Portland Doesn’t Want To Be Your ‘Next Big City’ by Suzy Strutner at The Huffington Post. February 4, 2016.
“Finding solutions …. Co-working spaces like Collective Agency provide office space for a relatively affordable price. ‘Some smaller companies work out of here rather than a standard office,’ staff member Heather Anacker said.”
Collective by Ruby Browne. January 11, 2016.
“Not being around other humans during the day really started to take its toll on my emotional well-being. So last week I joined a coworking space in Portland. I gave myself a thirty minute train ride every morning. A desk surrounded by other desks. People to go to lunch with. A big, warm room filled with folks like me. And as soon as I got there, I started writing again. I careened through blank space, filling it with letters that mattered to me. I took deep breaths and could feel the vibrancy returning to my being. It’s often the simple things, isn’t it?”
The 2015 Book of Lists: Commercial Property Management Firms. Portland Business Journal. December 2015.
“Ranked #28 (by total square feet of commercial property managed in the Portland metro area): Collective Agency. Square feet managed: 5,000. Percent office: 100%. Year founded: 2011. Local commercial property management executive: Alex Linsker. Notable metro properties managed: Collective Agency, includes more than 40 companies.”
Keeping Your Job, But Transitioning Into Remote Employment by Meryl Williams at The Billfold, Remote Work section. December 10, 2015.
“Being around other remote workers gives me a sense of community and normalcy I sometimes miss when I’m working by myself in my apartment. It was also an amazing way to meet new people when I first moved to Portland. Our space offers plenty of after-hours activities and networking events, plus it gives me a group to eat lunch with.”
USFWC Member Directory: Oregon at the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives. November 16, 2015.
Collective Agency scores well on the 7 Cooperative Principles. We joined the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and are on track to be certified by the national board as a workplace democracy. Sister companies now include People’s Food Co-op, Citybikes, and Equal Exchange.
The ultimate guide to coworking in Portland by Megan Snedden of USA Today, USA Today Travel, Road Warrior Voices section. August 7, 2015.
“Collective Agency (322 NW Sixth Avenue) features 24-hour access filled with communal tables. Half the people who work here are in the tech industry while the other half hold jobs as diverse as artists and public policy workers. Like many Portland residents, entrepreneurs at the Collective Agency bike to work.”
Some Oregon Beauty by Meryl Williams at The Sleeper Hit. August 4, 2015.
“I’ve been good about going to Collective Agency, a coworking space here in Portland, to work remotely. There’s always a group of people working there, happy to walk to lunch at the food truck pods nearby together. I like them a lot, and it’s interesting hearing what other people do for work that allows them to do it from wherever they like. It’s interesting hearing why they choose to do it where they do.”
Portland coworking spaces set to celebrate their own unique brand of offices by Andy Giegerich of Portland Business Journal, Real Estate Inc. section. August 3, 2015.
“Coworking week is happening this week. The events are “devoted to celebrating those people and places creating the commons.” “It’s a conference to connect, work alongside others, socialize and learn tips for more productive work in coworking environments.” Participating spaces and coffeeshops include: Downtown at Collective Agency.”
Collective Agency Celebrates 4 Years of Work Space Collaborations by Chad Walsh of Neighborhood Notes. July 14, 2015.
“If you work remotely from home, you probably know that the following is decidedly true: Having other people around often improves your work and your job satisfaction. Co-working space operators sure know this, and Old Town’s Collective Agency is inviting you to come and see what its workspace is all about. Memberships are what makes the space tick, but even non-members can take advantage of the space, whether they just need a conference room for a couple of hours every few months, or a one-night-only events space that can accommodate as many as 125 people.”
The Top 100 Coworking Spaces in the U.S. by Symmetry50. June 2, 2015.
“#23 Collective Agency, Portland. Collective Agency is a cooperative workplace in Old Town, Portland Oregon.” This is our second year on the list.
20 Hot Coworking Spaces for Business by Annie Pilon of Small Business Trends, Small Business Operations section. Jan 10, 2015.
“Collective Agency in Portland, Oregon offers a cozy environment for anyone in the area who would rather work alongside others than at home by themselves. Membership includes amenities such as Wi-Fi, coffee, conference rooms, bike parking and more.”
3 Great Collective Workplaces for Start-Ups in Portland by Molly Woodstock of Portland Monthly. January 5, 2015.
“Collective Agency emphasizes cooperative management and community activities, even by coworking-space standards. With 14-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and scores of skylights, the workroom offers shared desks and computers, or reserved spaces. Both options include 24/7 building access, conference room rental, and basic office staples from projectors to printers.”
Where buildings become communities by Shelby King of DJC Oregon, Real Estate and Development section. October 15, 2014.
““The people who work here love being around other people,” he said. “About half of our members are self-employed, and this is a way to be out of the house and working.” He calls the atmosphere at Collective Agency “energizing yet grounding” and says tenants often work together. “People like the variety,” he said. “Having others around helps creativity. I’ve saved myself several days’ worth of work just by asking someone else here a question I would have had to find the answer to on my own.””
The Top 75 Coworking Spaces in the U.S. by Symmetry50. September 22, 2014.
“#18 Collective Agency, Portland Oregon… Many of the coworkers build great relationships and go out for lunch every day with each other. There are activities where people often share what they’re working on and get inspired.”
Five Great Spots for Freelancers to Work in Portland. By Blair Stenvick of Apartments.com. September 11, 2014.
“If you’re a serious freelancer who wants to go to the next level, you might consider investing in a membership at Collective Agency, considered to be the best public workspace in Portland. Far from a traditional office, Collective Agency is more like a giant cozy loft full of people committed to the freelance lifestyle. If you’re on the fence, try the day trial first.”
Mozilla, and Portland’s New Tech Migration. By Carl Alviani on Medium.com. September 10, 2014.
“Portland-based Mozilla employees co-working at Collective Agency, prior to the establishment of the new office. The company has always supported a scattered workforce. Mozilla accommodates by shelling out for shared workspace, which is just what it did in Portland until recently. “Over the past six years I’ve worked in just about every tech-focused co-working space in the city,” Ayala explains, rattling off a list that includes NedSpace, Collective Agency and several others.”
5 Reasons You Should Embrace the Coworking Revolution by Christian Kreutz on WeThinq. August 22, 2014.
“From Portland’s Collective Agency to San Francisco’s Coffee and Power, more and more independent workers are moving to the coworking model. The big question is Why? 1. Instant Collaboration. 2. Low cost Office Space. 3. Happiness. 4. Business Growth Potential. 5. Learn New Things…. Find a coworking spot near you and start collaborating today.”
What is the new economy? By Melissa Mesku with Fatim-Zahra Biaz and Tony Bacigalupo on New Worker Magazine. June 26, 2014.
“Before we were New Work City, we were a club called CooperBricolage that met in a café in the East Village in New York. When we started getting serious about getting a space I tried to think of a name that was a little playful and aspirational, and maybe even evoked some NYC pride. For my friend Kara Masi, the answer was obvious. “New Work City,” she blurted out, matter-of-factly. Alex Linsker [of Collective Agency in Portland, OR] overheard the conversation and was immediately sold on the name and refused to let me consider anything else. It was a done deal.”
The 8-Hour Construct Reimagined. By Leslie Bourke on New Worker Magazine. May 27, 2014.
“At my co-working space, Collective Agency in Portland, Oregon, people arrive and depart at all different hours. The office is open 24/7 and accommodates them all. Some members work early morning hours from home and work at Collective in the afternoon. Some coordinate with out-of-the-office commitments. And others find they are most efficient overnight, while most of Portland sleeps. Each has found, or is in the process of finding, the schedule that works best for them. Whatever the case, I admire my Collective neighbors for seeking an alternative to the 9-to-5 construct. I am inspired to similarly find my own rhythm and produce meaningful work. Regardless of the time frame.”
The List: Top Commercial Property Management Firms. By Brandon Sawyer of the Portland Business Journal. May 16, 2014.
“Ranked #28 (by square feet managed): Collective Agency. Square feet managed: 5,000. Percent office: 100%.”
Portland’s Co-Working Spaces. By Leslie Bourke of Bourke Design. August 6, 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. “
Why Freedom Over Fear Wins at Work. Collective Agency Wins for Top Practices in Freedom at Work. By Traci Fenton of WorldBlu. August 6, 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 9, 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 3, 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.
Mozilla Plan to Mosey Into New Portland Digs. By Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. July 19, 2013.
“Based in the Silicon Valley, Mozilla has had Portland employees since 2005. But it wasn’t until early 2012 that they decided to consolidate the Portland Mozilla workforce under one roof at Collective Agency. Mozilla said it plans to expand its Portland work force to about 40.”
Mozilla Will Expand Portland Office. By Mike Rogoway of The Oregonian. July 18, 2013.
“Mozilla currently employs 26 working out of Collective Agency, a co-working space in the Pearl District.”
Our Choice: Watch the Economy Happen to Us — or Shape It For Us. By Sara Horowitz of Freelancers Union. June 13, 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.”
Holiday Planning Still Got You Stuck? Collaborate with Your Community! By Freelancers Union. December 20, 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.”
Recent Alumni Spotlight: Fitz Ryland. Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts & Sciences. October 25, 2012.
“”What does a typical work day look like for you?” “It was an incredibly powerful day when I saw Nike shoe designers here for an off-site meeting drawing the next season’s shoe line sitting next to a member drawing up plans for a low cost kite kit for open source mapping of environmental accidents. A variety of perspectives from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profits enrich my day to day work life.””
Everything old is new again: Next generation of Portland coworking spaces begins to take shape. By Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. September 19, 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.”
Cooperative Workplace Grows Strong with Creative Members. Old Town Crier, page 11. Summer 2012.
“Since August 1st, 2011, Collective Agency, the new cooperative workplace in Old Town, has been a place where independent contractors and entrepreneurs in software, marketing and other industries work side-by-side with employees from larger companies. Before opening up the Old Town location Alex asked fellow freelancers and business leaders, “What do we want in a workplace, and how do we get it?” With 50 members and growing, he might be on to something.”
Coworking in Portland. By Joel Dullroy of DeskMag. May 9, 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 20, 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 25, 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 10, 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 3, 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 5, 2011 (Video starts 44 seconds in. Interviewed Sept. 30, 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 6, 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 16, 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.”
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 8, 2013.
6 Reasons to build a cooperative of coworkers. By Rémy Cagnol of DeskMag. February 13, 2013.
Portland Business Incubators: Launching Solutions to Local and Global Challenges. By Paul Gerald of Neighborhood Notes. November 7, 2012.