Collective Impact Collaborative Space Saint Paul

Kris Kewitsch
by Kris Kewitsch | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Large-scale social change requires broad coordination across systems, but the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. We can do more together. The Charities Review Council (the Council) wants to build an innovative co-working space where do-gooders, policy geeks, academic wonks, bleeding-heart lifers, social innovators and nonprofit visionaries can build collective impact in the community together. Thanks to innovators CoCo and Joule, many of us who live or work in Saint Paul are familiar with the concept of co-working, but we want to bring it to the social sector landscape. We propose a collaborative space with streamlined resources available, right there onsite, from trusted nonprofit allies, to help catapult that great work forward.
Each year the Council partners with more than 500 nonprofits (large and small) to build their capacity through our risk-free Accountability Wizard process. Through those collaborations, we realize that major shared challenges include lack of resources, support and infrastructure. Collective Impact Collaborative Space is the answer, and it lives in Saint Paul.
Do you want to build a community garden but need help with governance? Are you hoping to develop a new model of board engagement for your Bush Fellowship but need seasoned expertise at your fingertips? Are you a student who wants to work among fresh ideas and people who care? The St. Paul Collective Impact Collaborative Space belongs to you, and to every do-gooder in our city. With a minimal (or non-existent) cost of admission, the space is welcoming and the internet is free.
The concept: We bring St Paul's strongest nonprofit ally organizations to the table (like the Council, NAF, MCN, MCN, MAP, Twin Cities LISC and others), we relocated them, to come together to build and curate a collective co-working space on University Avenue along the ‘green line’. We open that space to the public, and ring in a new era of good, together!

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About You

First Name

Kris

Last Name

Kewitsch

City

Saint Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Kate Khaled

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Our organization has been a collaborative promotional partner on Forever Saint Paul Challenge and co-hosted an Idea Open House with Ujamaa Place.

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

Charities Review Council

Organization Website

Organization Phone

651-224-7030

Organization Address

City

Saint Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Collective Impact Collaborative Space Saint Paul

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Large-scale social change requires broad coordination across systems, but the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. We can do more together. The Charities Review Council (the Council) wants to build an innovative co-working space where do-gooders, policy geeks, academic wonks, bleeding-heart lifers, social innovators and nonprofit visionaries can build collective impact in the community together. Thanks to innovators CoCo and Joule, many of us who live or work in Saint Paul are familiar with the concept of co-working, but we want to bring it to the social sector landscape. We propose a collaborative space with streamlined resources available, right there onsite, from trusted nonprofit allies, to help catapult that great work forward.
Each year the Council partners with more than 500 nonprofits (large and small) to build their capacity through our risk-free Accountability Wizard process. Through those collaborations, we realize that major shared challenges include lack of resources, support and infrastructure. Collective Impact Collaborative Space is the answer, and it lives in Saint Paul.
Do you want to build a community garden but need help with governance? Are you hoping to develop a new model of board engagement for your Bush Fellowship but need seasoned expertise at your fingertips? Are you a student who wants to work among fresh ideas and people who care? The St. Paul Collective Impact Collaborative Space belongs to you, and to every do-gooder in our city. With a minimal (or non-existent) cost of admission, the space is welcoming and the internet is free.
The concept: We bring St Paul's strongest nonprofit ally organizations to the table (like the Council, NAF, MCN, MCN, MAP, Twin Cities LISC and others), we relocated them, to come together to build and curate a collective co-working space on University Avenue along the ‘green line’. We open that space to the public, and ring in a new era of good, together!

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea brings co-working out of the independent tech/creative space and into the arena of social good for greater efficiency, creativity and impact. This model moves beyond traditional co-working models to include on-site nonprofit resource organizations that are already committed to the Twin Cities nonprofit and philanthropic landscape and stand ready to share their knowledge and time. This type of co-working will be deliberately located in a struggling area of Saint Paul, to bring vitality, cross-sector thinking and new energy to the area. Collective Impact Collaborative Space will completely revolutionize the way we approach nonprofit work. Our sector is ready to usher in a new era of change-making. In this space, we'll do the work better, and we'll do it better, together.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Many of Minnesota's leading nonprofits and foundations live in Saint Paul. So do a large number of private and public higher education institutions. Sadly, so do some of the largest growing disparities in the nation. The Collective Impact Collaborative Space will bring diverse communities together for good: from small grassroots startups on the East and West Side, to longstanding organizations that live downtown, to young student groups from Macalester, Augsburg, Metro State, UMN and St. Thomas - the Collective Impact Collaborative Space will help us learn from each other and work together to close the growing gaps for a strong future. St. Paul is our chosen 'community of place' for this work. It is up to our capital city to be first to demonstrate collective nonprofit collaboration.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Collective Impact Collaborative Space, once built, would be self-sustaining based on memberships and revenue. People will remember this idea after it comes to life because it will inspire the next generation of social sector professionals to work more efficiently and collaboratively. As we deepen Collective Impact Collaborative Space's work and measure its impact, more communities across Minnesota will be able to replicate our model. Imagine the Collective Impact Collaborative Space in Itasca County, Brainerd, Minneapolis, Moorhead or even Detroit.

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