Collective Agency has been a trailblazing part of Portland’s coworking and shared office space community since 2011, winning awards and media mentions over the years.
There are many coworking options in Portland, from national chains to other home-grown Portland small businesses offering various twists on sharing space. What sets Collective Agency apart is its commitment to real and sustainable community, with its membership model and workplace democracy. (And being responsive to member requests, we have the most amenities of any coworking space in Oregon, and people tend to stay members longer than most other places, which builds trust and community.) Collective is where you come to cowork if you enjoy working alongside other people, and getting to know them just like you would if you worked in a traditional office environment.
Pre-COVID, members would regularly eat lunch or enjoy happy hour together, attend (optional) weekly meetings to check in, plan events and discuss and vote on issues pertinent to members or the space. Book club, game nights, and StoryShare dinners were just a few of the regular events that members planned and participated in.
After COVID started, members kept the community going by moving as much of the activities—including Pomodoro Coworking—to Zoom, or socially distanced events such as lunch in the park, backyard movie nights, and mini-golf.
And now, we have walks to nearby food carts and lunches on the sofas, and a variety of events in conference rooms or on the sofas: game nights, happy hours, and new events from member requests.