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BACKGROUND

In 1991, a handful of visionary philanthropists and corporate leaders came together behind a simple but powerful idea –real change in cities could be achieved only through a new type of intentional and sustained collaboration between the private, public and philanthropic sectors

Two decades later, this collaboration, then called the National Community Development Initiative (NCDI), now Living Cities, has helped catalyze $16 billion of urban investment and change the trajectory for low-income people and the cities where they live by disrupting obsolete approaches to such critical issues as job, education and land use.

Living Cities 20th Anniversary WEBCAST

On Tuesday, September 27, Living Cities- a collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions - will celebrate its 20th anniversary by bringing together leaders from the public, private & philanthropic sectors and challenging them to think differently about collaboration, innovation & urban social change. Watch footage and highlights from the webcast here and read more about the key insights and ideas from the anniversary celebration here.

Having harnessed the collective power of its members to invest approximately $1 billion - leveraged into over $16 billion - in America's cities over the last two decades, Living Cities’ Anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on our work to-date and look forward to understand how a more dynamic form of collaborationcan successfully accelerate metropolitan prosperity, unlock the power of private capital, and better connect low-income people to opportunity.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Steven Johnson, Author, Where Good Ideas Come From

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Monique Baptiste, Newark’s Strong Healthy Communities Initiative Dianne Bell-McKoy, Associated Black Charities
Audrey Choi, Morgan Stanley Xavier Briggs, Associate Professor, MIT (Formerly OMB)
Pablo Farías, Ford Foundation Gary Hattem, President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Don Hinkle-Brown, The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) Benjamin Kennedy, The Kresge Foundation
George McCarthy, Ford Foundation Patrick McCarthy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Ann Muholland, Minnesota Community Foundation & the Saint Paul Foundation Rip Rapson, The Kresge Foundation
David Robinson, NBA Hall of Famer Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis Dennis White, MetLife Foundation
Walter Wright, Cleveland Foundation Kate Wolford, McKnight Foundation and Chancellor
Nancy Zimpher, State University of New York (SUNY)



PANELS:

Living Cities Today & Tomorrow: A Conversation with the Living Cities Board: Our economy, our government, our country are undergoing enormous and disruptive changes. Living Cities Board Members – the leadership from some of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions – will discuss how the organization has evolved to meet the changing needs of low-income people and why a more collaborative approach, coupled with innovative investment models, has the potential to re-engineer America's cities.

Interview with Stephen Johnson, Author, Where Good Ideas Come From: Steven Johnson has introduced concepts such as the “adjacent possible” and written extensively on cities as the perfect petri dish for innovation. Paula Ellis, Living Cities Board Member and VP of Strategic Initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will interview Mr. Johnson, challenging him and us to think about and invest in urban innovation differently.

Integrating People, Place and Opportunity: An Inside Look at the Integration Initiative: In October 2010, Living Cities launched The Integration Initiative, an $85 million effort which supports cities that are harnessing existing momentum and leadership for change, overhauling long obsolete systems and fundamentally reshaping their communities and policies to meet the needs of low-income residents. One year into this initiative, hear from leaders driving the work on the ground and national funders about results to-date, early lessons-learned, and next steps both locally and nationally.

Dynamic Collaboration, Cities & the Future: A Moderated Conversation: A keynote speech by the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, will be followed by a roundtable discussion bringing together an unexpected mix of leaders to identify and discuss the emerging trends and innovations that will be crucial for cities over the next 20 years, the new problem-solving mechanisms that are needed, and the respective (and evolving) roles various sectors must play.

Image Gallery

  • Gary Hattem, President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation & Former Chair of the Living Cities Board of Directors at the American City Agenda Press Conference
    Gary Hattem, President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation & Former Chair of the Living Cities Board of Directors at the American City Agenda Press Conference
  • Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris Coleman at the Living Cities Sustainable Communities Boot Camp
    Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris Coleman at the Living Cities Sustainable Communities Boot Camp
  • Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter at the Living Cities Neighborhood Stabilization Boot Camp
    Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter at the Living Cities Neighborhood Stabilization Boot Camp
  • Mayors of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark & Saint Paul at the Integration Initiative Launch
    Mayors of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark & Saint Paul at the Integration Initiative Launch
  • Jeremy Nowak, Former President of The Reinvestment Fund with Donna Gambrell, Director of Treasury Department's CDFI Fund at the Living Cities Integration Initiative Launch
    Jeremy Nowak, Former President of The Reinvestment Fund with Donna Gambrell, Director of Treasury Department's CDFI Fund at the Living Cities Integration Initiative Launch
  • Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development at the Living Cities Green Boot Camp
    Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development at the Living Cities Green Boot Camp
  • Living Cities Releases the Green Cities Report, 2009
    Living Cities Releases the Green Cities Report, 2009
  • Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, of the State University of New York (SUNY) at the Living Cities Integration Initiative Learning Community
    Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, of the State University of New York (SUNY) at the Living Cities Integration Initiative Learning Community
  • Former Mayor Washington DC, Anthony Williams & Teresa Lynch, Initiative for a Competitive Inner-City at a meeting of the Project on Municipal Innovation
    Former Mayor Washington DC, Anthony Williams & Teresa Lynch, Initiative for a Competitive Inner-City at a meeting of the Project on Municipal Innovation
  • Steve Goldsmith, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
    Steve Goldsmith, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
  • NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson at the 2007 Living Cities Board of Directors Meeting
    NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson at the 2007 Living Cities Board of Directors Meeting
  • From L to R: U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Shaun Donovan & Doris Koo, formerly Enterprise Community Partners
    From L to R: U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Shaun Donovan & Doris Koo, formerly Enterprise Community Partners
  • Guests at the 2006 Living Cities Board Meeting
    Guests at the 2006 Living Cities Board Meeting
  • NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson at the 2007 Living Cities Board of Directors Meeting
    NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson at the 2007 Living Cities Board of Directors Meeting
  • From L to R: Ben Hecht, Living Cities; Hilary Pennington, Gates Foundation, Andrew Plepler, Bank of America
    From L to R: Ben Hecht, Living Cities; Hilary Pennington, Gates Foundation, Andrew Plepler, Bank of America
  • From L to R: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johson Foundation, Linda Gibbs, City of New York; Ben Hecht, Living Cities
    From L to R: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johson Foundation, Linda Gibbs, City of New York; Ben Hecht, Living Cities
  • Darren Walker, Ford Foundation and former member of the Living Cities Board of Directors
    Darren Walker, Ford Foundation and former member of the Living Cities Board of Directors
  • Former Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland at the American City Agenda Press Conference
    Former Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland at the American City Agenda Press Conference
  • Former President & CEO of Living Cities, Reese Fayde (center) with guests at an event in Biloxi, Mississippi
    Former President & CEO of Living Cities, Reese Fayde (center) with guests at an event in Biloxi, Mississippi