Community Mission Statement:

“Collective Agency” is a supportive and nurturing space to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, a space where 80% of people want to say hi.

Earlier this week, Julie Duryea, owner of souk LLC, announced to me, to members, and to the public, for the first time, that she is moving to Bend full-time and closing the LLC here on July 31st.

Two weeks ago, myself, Summer Abbott, and Fitzhugh Ryland started a voluntary association here called “Collective Agency”. Our first project was to have a First Thursday in August. But to talk about having art in the workspace here, we found that we first had to talk about the bigger mission.

What developed, based on advice from many people, is this community mission:

A supportive and nurturing space to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, a space where 80% of people want to say hi.

We wrote down and agreed on much more in the mission statement, and that will be posted soon. With input from many people in Portland, the mission continues to develop.

Two new members signed up in the past two days because of this mission. There have been donations from three people. There are many people doing community organizing and outreach and connections and advice for the community mission. There are people working and meeting here during the day, and members and organizers volunteering to host in the evenings. Last night three of us worked while listening to music, giving each other advice when asked. I think there are literally thousands of people in Portland who care about the opportunity for community here.

The space, which is souk LLC until July 31 and available through this totally separate volunteer organization August 1, is open for free to up to 30 people at once, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, through “Collective Agency” volunteers. It is open for free to volunteer workgroups, workshops and discussions of up to 30 people after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Revenue comes from paid meetings and full-time members.

The first workgroup organizer, working within the broad limits and mission set by the coordinating council, is Clifton B.: “Mentorship Speed-Dating — Business, Software Development, Visual Communications” will meet here for free Saturday July 16th. Email Clifton to RSVP for that event.

To be continued,

Alex Linsker
of the “Collective Agency” Coordinating Council.
(503) 369-9174 mobile (503) 517-6900 landline alexlinsker@gmail.com

updated July 21, 2011, with the certainty about taking over the space and the group continuing here in August.

Written by Alex Linsker