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 Elizabeth Vargas on Jul 31, 2015

#GoodReads: Partners Find Strategies for Change Greater Than the Sum of Their P… 

A look at how our members and partners in the field are blending and applying three strategies that we believe are core to achieving dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Jul 30, 2015

Access to Capital: One of the Keys to Prosperity 

Access to capital is key for entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses. Now, a new financial product piloted in Albuquerque, NM may help lower barriers to accessing capital for historically marginali…

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 Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 30, 2015

The Three Data Challenges of Each Sector 

The private, public and nonprofit sectors each have unique challenges that make collecting and analyzing data hard.

Blog Post Colleen Dawicki on Jul 29, 2015

Looking Back as We Forge Ahead: Lessons from the First Year of the Working Citi… 

As the Working Cities Challenge prepares to extend the opportunity to compete to additional Massachusetts cities, the team reflect on lessons learned from the first round of the Challenge.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Jul 28, 2015

How Did City Hall React? Innovation Teams Lightning Round 

This week, we present the first in a regular series of Lightning Rounds--discussion questions posted to the i-teams online community that elicited quick insights and ideas from the teams.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jul 28, 2015

#BensTake: Change Isn’t the Greatest Political Challenge; Sustaining It Is 

What does it take to sustain change that gets dramatically better results for low-income people? Living Cities CEO reacts to an op-ed by former Bogotá, Colombia Mayor, Antanas Mockus.

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