On May 9, leaders from across the country will be visiting Children’s Bureau’s new Magnolia Place Family Center to get a firsthand look at how communities can benefit when organizations share workspace and collaborate. This is part of their pre-conference tour for leaders attending the three day Building Opportunities Conference, a forum that helps communities learn how to establish similar kinds of shared workspaces, hosted by the Tides Foundation. Visionary leaders are recognizing the value and importance of developing physical space that can be shared synergistically by other organizations.
Beyond the progressive use of physical shared space, the Magnolia Place Community Initiative, a nationally recognized model sparked by Children’s Bureau, is on display for visitors to see what a "collective impact" strategy can accomplish. A collective impact strategy is aimed at making large-scale social change using a multi-sector network of organizations that shares this agenda, works synergistically together, and agrees on common outcomes and evaluation tools. The Magnolia Place Community Initiative has over 70+ partner organizations working to transform the lives (health, education, safe parenting, and economic stability) of the 35,000 vulnerable children living within 500 blocks of a high-need Los Angeles metropolitan community.