There are obvious benefits of a coworking membership: a place to focus outside of your house, consistently fast internet, office supplies and amenities, and a reason to put on pants in the morning. What sets Collective Agency apart from other coworking places are its members: some of the most genuine, open, and passionate individuals I have ever met. Being a member here has given me the chance to develop meaningful relationships with people I may have never met otherwise, gain skills I can put toward my own work, and build my professional network ten fold. Add in the awesome events, like monthly bookclubs, happy hours, and lightening talks, and ColAg could easily fill up your calendar with things to do and people to meet. If you are new in town, a membership here would jumpstart your social life by 1000. If you’re an old Portlander like me, this place gives you the opportunity to connect with new people every day. Also, unlike some “hipster” coworking places about town, there is no snoody attitude. This place is 100% run by its members with the help of our awesome community manager Alex. We have furniture arranging parties, decide on guidelines, and plan events together. I love it and brag about it being able to do my work here to my friends and family! Come check us out
Who do you know who wants to work alongside people who value ‘society-as-family’ and productive work? Refer them to membership at Collective Agency.
Members have access to both Portland locations, and we’re planning a third.
Collective Agency Division is doing great.
We’re a self-governing community. There are impromptu conversations throughout the day, there was a happy hour last Thursday, there’s a book club, some of us went to lunch today, there might be a terrarium class… it’s what members very much want it to be.
Community Mission Statement: 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!
Allie Quady, MS, MPH, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Momentum Health Coaching.
What’s something you’re passionate about?
Getting out into nature on a regular basis!
What are you working on when you’re here?
I work on building my small business, Momentum Health Coaching. I’m a Certified Health and Wellness coach. I coach individuals to recognize their strengths, their values, and their motivations. Most people can make dramatic changes in their health status over time with a little bit of help establishing new behaviors. At Collective Agency I see clients and I brainstorm ways to connect with others around health and wellness.
What have you learned in the past week and what would you like to learn in the next week?
I’ve learned it’s important to read a contract carefully and how to negotiate said contract. In the next week, I’d like to learn how to create a fillable PDF form. (Exciting, I know). In a dream world, I’d like to learn how to make real change on a local level working with others around inequality, education, and housing.
What’s a memorable or valuable experience you’ve had at Collective Agency, and why?
I will never forget my first day at Collective Agency, three years ago. I had been working at home for a year while my son and another 1 year old, and the nanny played downstairs. The feeling of peace and focused energy I felt when I sat down at a desk at Collective Agency overcame me in the most delightful way. I’d never appreciated a room full of adults working on their projects so very much.
Why do you work at Collective Agency?
I work at Collective Agency because I enjoy interacting with Alex and with the other members. I like to get out of my house and be a part of a work environment.
What’s something you love about the neighborhood?
Tea, coffee, lunch, snacks, all at my fingertips. It’s very walkable and I live nearby.
What question would you like me to ask you, and what’s your answer?
Do you have any openings for new clients? Yes!
Colin Nissan’s The New Yorker article: I Work from Home “911—what’s your emergency?” “Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home.”
Members on our Slack channel:
- “The struggle is real”
- “I lol’ed at that, hit a little too close to home for me on days when I am not at collective agency…. I’m totally not wearing sweatpants right now…”
After five and a half years, on Saturday February 25th 2017 we’ll move from NW to 1410 SW Morrison.
This page has info and photos about the new west side location, Collective Agency Morrison. It’s on the top floor of the Tiffany Center, on the Red and Blue MAX lines and a 9 minute walk from Pioneer Place/Courthouse Square and a 7 minute walk from the block of food carts at SW 10th and Alder; the ‘far carts’ will become the near carts. https://collectiveagency.co/morrison/
8 members visited two weeks ago, about 20 of us talked about it at the open member meetings and the happy hour, and the lease was signed later that week. There were almost 10 places that were options, but this meets member requirements and requests much better than any of the others.
If anyone would like to go over and see it before we move, coordinate with me and a bunch of us can go over together.
Since signing the lease, members voted for the location name (Morrison), and to not continue with meeting rentals by non-members after the move at that location.
We’ll bring all our furniture, equipment, lighting, art, and keep what we’d like that’s there.