It’s been a great year. I started “Collective Agency” June 15th 2011 with tens of other people, and June 14th 2012 I transferred 100% of control to Fitz Ryland, who was elected by members.
Some of our press is here: http://CollectiveAgency.co/press/ We’ve become Mozilla’s Portland headquarters. Our Spaces are full with many other companies, and room for many more members too: more than 50 members and growing.
I saw this photo on Google Streetview. In this photo, the sun is rising. There’s a couple walking by, likely going into “Collective Agency”, headed up to our second floor. There’s a guy standing outside, and another guy riding a bicycle. It’s a good neighborhood to be in, lots of variety, friendly people, going about their lives, with art galleries across the street, and all kinds of income and diversity on the block.
We’ve come a long way from where we started a year ago. Even the Google Streetview photo looks so different from the outside.
It’s fulfilling to see the sun rising on a place where I’m a member, where so much happens, from Lighting Talks, to all kinds of conversations, to various planning and decision-making meetings, walking to get lunch with friends, being around people doing a whole variety of work that they’re passionate about and committed to. It’s inspiring, and I’m so happy to have it be a place in Portland for so many people including myself.
It’s kind of like a work family, in the best of ways, the vibe is great, people are friendly and supportive, and always something interesting, and a place to focus and get a lot of work done too.
You can’t see it in this photo, but a sign in the top floor window says “Work +”. Back when we opened, I was cleaning up the windows, and I asked a friend if we should keep that lettering there. She said “Yes, because that’s what this is. Work Plus….”
I’m excited to see what’s to come this year.