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:

Capital Innovation.

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

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.

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 Elizabeth Vargas on May 22, 2015

#GoodReads for City Leaders Seeking Lasting Change  

Insights from the 13th Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group convening on reinvigorating local democracy through community and civic engagement practices

Blog Post Benjamin Shaffer on May 20, 2015

Engaging Everyone 

In a session with Harvard's Archon Fung, city leaders explored empowered participation and democracy, and what it takes to authentically engage citizens.

Resource on Apr 7, 2015

Week 4: Applying Business Concepts to Community Engagement 

In the fourth week of our e-course on community engagement in collective impact, we look at opportunities for collective impact initiatives to apply business concepts to community engagement work.

Blog Post Tim McNaught on May 19, 2015

Amplifying Community Voices 

At a March PMI-AG convening, city leaders discussed ways local government can engage with communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in decision-making.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 15, 2015

#GoodReads on the Key Elements of a New Urban Practice  

At a recent convening, members of our problem-solving network surfaced some hot topics that changemakers working to build a new urban practice should explore.

Next City

As America Diversifies, So Should Government Jobs From Top to Bottom 

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 13, 2015

#NewUrbanPractice: Join a May 20 Twitter Chat on Advancing Racial Equity and In… 

Our May 20 Twitter conversation will explore ways to advance racial equity and inclusion to get dramatically better results for low-income people, especially people of color.

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