It’s been more than 4 years since I started Collective Agency. Business and community are going well. We recently put up a new website, which is at http://collectiveagency.co
We’ve won awards for being one of the world’s most democratic workplaces and have been rated one of the top coworking places in the United States.
This blog, at alexlinsker.com, has always been a place for ideas. The past few years I haven’t written on it much. I’ve been focusing on results, which are at Collective Agency and at Fully Fund Oregon Schools. I’m writing this blog post right now to see where it goes, what idea it gets to.
I’ve been leading Collective Agency for the 4 years since it started, with the exception of 9 months when I stepped away from it and then came back. Info on all that is on the Collective Agency blog history. And a few months ago I switched from leading Fully Fund Oregon Schools full-time, to leading Collective Agency full-time.
I’m happier at Collective Agency than I was doing Fully Fund Oregon Schools full-time. I’m no longer stressed about a timeline. The culture is so much better at Collective Agency than it is in Oregon politics. And more people see Collective Agency as something that they can act on.
All that said, I’m keeping on keeping on with Fully Fund Oregon Schools. In my stepping back from full-time work on it, other people have stepped up. Building the executive committee is key. More statewide polling has been done, the policy has been revised and polls well enough to win, I’ve met more people in roles similar to mine — people with a business, and with an amendment –and I’m learning about politics, not just policy.
At Collective Agency, I’ve focused on culture and values over the past few months, and on outreach to raise awareness. People who visit about membership are likely to sign up, and getting more people to come visit is a goal. The values that members have expressed (we did a survey, and have various conversations) is still in-progress, but have a pretty strong consensus. That wording is on the Collective Agency homepage, and will likely get revised as we learn and grow, but at least for right now, it’s about productive work in a cozy workplace community, with openness and responsiveness, socializing, inspiration, and friendships.
I’m happy the new website for Collective Agency is up. The new website for Fully Fund Oregon Schools will go up soon. The lessons from one work, help the other work move forward in a way that honors who we are as humans.
I heard a quote that I like, by a coworker at Collective Agency last week, about Gaudi. Gaudi was asked if he was concerned that the church he was building, the Sagrada Familia, would take 250 years to complete. “My client can wait,” he said.