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We Are OpenWork.
We believe workspace can be unbound, inspirational, human, healthy.

OpenWork is the world’s leading coworking advisory and operations consultancy.  We are a team of coworking veterans with a combined forty years of industry experience.  All five of the partners have owned and operated coworking businesses, as have the majority of the associate consultants we work with.  Over the past four years we have worked with asset owners, real estate developers, and entrepreneurs in the US, Canada, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central America, on coworking projects at various stages of development.

Scope of projects range from early stage feasibility assessments, to business model validation and pro forma, to design and planning, to technology strategy and implementation, to staffing and training, to branding, marketing, and sales, all the way through launch and operations.


Drew Jones, PhD

Drew Jones, Ph.D., is an organizational consultant, management professor, and writer. He has consulted with large and small firms over the past 15 years, and has written three books, including the first book (co-written) on coworking. His most recent book, The Fifth Age of Work: How Companies Can Re-Design Work to be More Innovative in a Cloud Economy– provides a roadmap to a future world of work. He has been involved in coworking since 2007, and most recently was co-owner and partner at Conjunctured Coworking– Austin, Texas’ first coworking space. He is based in Austin, Texas.

Drew has been a speaker at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) and at Steelcase Workspring on the topic of Future of Work.


David Walker

David Walker is a  Partner at OpenWork Agency, a global workplace strategy consultancy with roots in the coworking industry.  One, of the original pioneers of the global coworking movement, David brings nearly a decade of experience working in the coworking industry. Prior to co-founding OpenWork Agency, David co-founded and led operations at Conjunctured (2008-2014) in Austin, one of the original fifty coworking spaces in the world. Conjunctured received global acclaim for not only being an innovative workspace alternative, but also for its unique community-first approach to work and thought leadership in the coworking industry. Today, there are 65 coworking spaces in Austin and over 16,000 spaces across the world.

Walker graduated in 2006 with a Marketing degree from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas along with a concentration in Sociology. David’s personal mission is to help evolve outdated models of work into dynamic, ecosystems of collaboration.


Benjamin Dyett

Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let’s change the future of work.

So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might and Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system. Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. It’s dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine (sorry, old work experience, but you had it coming).

Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet.

Workplace Strategist, Co-Founder of @grindspaces, the Antidote to the Office, Grill Master, Sailing Enthusiast, Blues Lover


Liz Elam

Liz has become a prominent voice in the coworking movement. Since opening Link Coworking in 2010, the company has become a hub for Austin’s innovators, giving them an ideal place to create and connect. She is a founding member and was the first President of the League of Extraordinary Coworking spaces (LEXC) and helped form Coshare. She has hosted the annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) for four years running, bringing together key influencers in coworking from all over the globe. Recently GCUC expanded to Canada, Australia, South America, and has a big announcement coming soon…

Liz has been featured in the New York Times (3 times), CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Inc. and numerous other outlets. She has visited 200+ coworking spaces around the world.


Christine Andrews

After over 20 years working for leading multinational advertising agencies, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium and as a consultant, I identified an opportunity in the market donned my entrepreneurial hat and in May of 2013 opened Acme Works, a coworking space in downtown Toronto.

My years working in marketing, advertising and communication taught me that collaboration is the key to creativity and productivity and I am proud to be contributing to a sustainable business model based on cooperation and knowledge sharing. In addition to providing the infrastructure and services required for success I offer my support, expertise and advice to the start-ups, independents, consultants and businesses that call Acme Works home. I also leverage my network of business experts to provide resources when necessary.

Christine joined OpenWork Agency as a Partner in November, 2017.

In addition to this core team, we regularly work with other awesome people in the coworking world.

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