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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:

Awards and Recognition:

The List: Top Commercial Property Management Firms. By Brandon Sawyer of the Portland Business Journal. May 16th, 2014.

“Ranked #28 (by square feet managed): Collective Agency. Square feet managed: 5,000. Percent office: 100%.”

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.


Where buildings become communities by Shelby King of DJC Oregon, Real Estate and Development section. October 15th, 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 22nd, 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 September 11th, 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. Membership is $250 a month, but if you’re on the fence, try the day trial first.”

Mozilla, and Portland’s New Tech Migration. By Carl Alviani on September 10th, 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.”

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 27th, 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.”

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. “

Mozilla Plan to Mosey Into New Portland Digs.  By Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. July 19th, 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 18th, 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 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.”

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.”

Recent Alumni Spotlight: Fitz Ryland. Lewis & Clark’s College of Arts & Sciences. October 25th, 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 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.”

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 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.