What is the COG Space? …is it a workspace? Is it a consulting company? Is it an incubator or accelerator?
I’m often asked the aforementioned questions, the answer is it depends. The COG Space is designed to fill the needs of the Portland bike business community, whatever they may be. Rather than choosing a set of solutions that may not benefit the community or be one-size-fits-all, why not build something from the ground-up and target solving actual problems? So, the full answer to the “what is the COG Space?” question is… it depends on your needs.
The easiest way to understand our core is to look at the Mission, Vision, and Values of the COG Space.
“Our mission is to serves as the catalyst for growth and innovation, building communal engagement, and enabling our members to overcome their business hurdles regardless of race, creed, gender, situation, circumstance, or environment.”
We strive to lift or advance all members of the tribal sisterhood and brotherhood of the Portland and Oregon bike industry.
“The vision of the COG Space is to harness the collective energy and talent of the community to foster and improve local bike businesses in Portland, OR.”
Essentially, we invest social capital in our local industry and economy, with the intent of building a symbiotic relationship amongst the collective entities, thus yielding mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships. The aphorism famously used by JFK 1963 “a rising tide lifts all boats” is certainly applicable in the context and vision of the COG Space.
We strongly believe in the importance of developing healthy and functioning ecosystem services and strive to do our part by contributing to the reduction of fossil fuel consumption and promotion of cultural and health benefits of ridership.
Gratitude, Calm, Helpfulness, Respect, Knowledge, Acceptance, Inclusiveness, Service, Patience, Honesty, Balance, Humility, Thankfulness, Adventure, Peace, Honor, Mercy, Unity, Love, Empathy, Joy, and Tolerance.