Collective Agency is cooperative workplaces Portland Oregon. Started in 2011, our community mission statement is: “cozy places to work alongside people doing what they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!”
Every year we are recognized as one of the 30 best in the world at something: most influential in coworking, best places for coworking, most democratic workplaces, etc.
Each location is a self-governing workplace and community. As a member organization of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, sister organizations in Portland include Equal Exchange, People’s Food Coop, and CityBikes. In 2013 we tied for the most awards as a self-governing workplace along with the company WD-40. And we are on the Coworking Visa, part of an informal network of 450 places around the world where members can work for up to 3 days at each location, as part of membership.
Friendly members are the main business here.
Alex started Collective Agency in 2011 and is the business owner. Collective Agency’s location in Old Town was the third co-working place he started or helped start, after two others in New York City (1999 and 2007). It was a great experience and he’s even happier with Collective Agency Division and Collective Agency Morrison in SE and SW Portland. As a community organizer, he brings many people to work together. In March 2016 he was listed as one of the “30 most influential people in coworking”, for consistently focusing on workplace culture.
We currently have two Coordinating Council members, one at each location, and room for more. The Coordinating Council is members who formally volunteer to be on the governance and come to the optional weekly member meetings. Around a third to half of members choose to participate in most surveys and decisions.