Building a new urban practice.

Living Cities works with cross-sector leaders in cities to build a new type of urban practice aimed at dramatically improving the economic well-being of low-income people. We believe that these four core elements of our work are key to these ends:

Open-Sourcing Social Change.

We work at the intersections of information, people, story, and technology to accelerate the uptake of promising solutions to social problems.

Collective Impact.

We support ambitious data-driven, results-oriented cross-sector tables who work together differently to achieve large-scale results and enduring change.

Capital Innovation.

We blend public, private and philanthropic financial resources in new ways to better meet the needs of cities and their residents.

Public Sector Innovation.

We work with public sector leaders to foster more nimble, collaborative, and data-driven local governments.

Where We Work

See all of the cities where we work. This map also features cities participating in our Integration Initiative, including highlighting our other work in those places.

What We’re Thinking

Blog Post Xavier De Souza Briggs on Oct 26, 2016

Inclusive Capitalism Goes Local 

Five ways to make capitalism more inclusive and create opportunity for all.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Sindhu Lakshmanan on Oct 25, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing the Impact 

First and foremost, we believe Pay for Success projects should help improve the lives of low-income people in American cities. With all of the new projects coming onto the market, the first question …

Resource on Sep 27, 2016

Closing the Gaps: Full Compendium of Essays 

This Compendium of essays, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, highlights ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial opportunity gaps

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Oct 18, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest Or Not To Invest? 

The Pay for Success field continues to gain traction. Our new blog series will walk you through how Living Cities decides which Pay for Success projects to consider investing in, in the hopes that ot…

Blog Post Sarah Rosen Wartell on Oct 17, 2016

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable  

We must explicitly confront enduring racial barriers not only in the communities where we invest but also in our own organizations and modes of work.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on Oct 10, 2016

Bringing Equality to Health  

Racial segregation restricts access to such health-promoting resources as stable housing, healthy food choices, quality schools, job opportunities, and safe streets and parks. In fact, racism itself …

Blog Post Amy Liu on Oct 6, 2016

Prioritizing Job Quality 

By adopting a vigorous and sustained focus on creating quality jobs and connecting workers to them, private sector leaders and social change advocates can engage the market economy to produce better …

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