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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.

Partner

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), Steelcase Workspring, Bisnow, IFMA, Gensler Consulting Summit, Conference Board, and SXSW on the topics of culture, space, design, leadership.

Partner

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.

Partner

Benjamin Dyett

Benjamin Dyett is a Partner at Openwork Agency – a coworking consultancy with global reach that advises corporations and real estate developers on how to incorporate collaborative workspace solutions into their human resource and/or property portfolio strategies. Benjamin is also the Co-Founder and former Co-President of Grind – an early premium entrant in the coworking industry that he grew to 5 locations. Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised many successful start-ups. Also, as a lawyer, he has deep experience in real estate and corporate law and has represented financial institutions and many prominent business people.

Benjamin has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet. Workplace Strategist, Grill Master, Sailing Enthusiast, Blues Lover.

Partner

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 five years running, bringing together key influencers in coworking from all over the globe. Recently GCUC expanded to Canada, Australia, South America, and China.

Liz’s coworking research has been published in the Harvard Business Review, and her work has garnered press in the Sunday New York Times, CNN, CNBC, Investors Daily, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, Dwell, Huffington Post, and Inc., as well as the cover of Austin Woman.  She has visited 200+ coworking spaces around the world.

Partner

Christine Andrews

In 2007, after over 15 years working for leading multinational advertising agencies providing strategic advice and creative solutions for a roster of blue chip clients, Christine was asked to join the team tasked with creating the broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. As Senior Director Business Development she became a key member of the team that changed how media outlets extend and monetize live sport content and the way Canadians felt about the Olympics and their country. 

But in 2013 Christine found her true passion when one of her clients asked her recommendation for 10,000 square feet of office space.  Research on workspace strategies, design and trends in work led her to discover coworking.  Christine realized this was the future of work, partnered with her client and in May of 2013 opened Acme Works, a coworking space in downtown Toronto.

Acme Works quickly became one of Toronto’s most successful and highly rated coworking spaces.  The media, asset owners and real estate developers began seeking Christine out for her expertise and reputation as one of Canada’s coworking movement thought leaders. Christine joined OpenWork Agency in 2017.

Founder of Acme Works, branding and communications expert, active member of Coworking Toronto, enthusiastic supporter of the Olympics and unabashed cat lover Christine has been a speaker at GCUC Canada and has been interviewed by The Globe and Mail, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Global News Radio for her perspective on coworking.

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


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