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 Andrew Maxwell on Aug 16, 2016

Bold Thinking in Syracuse: i-teams Profile 

We spoke with Andrew Maxwell, Director of the i-team in Syracuse, New York, about his team's efforts to improve City infrastructure over the past year.

Blog Post Megan McGlinchey on Aug 15, 2016

10 Tools for Disruptive Leadership #HereAndNow 

New additions to our #HereAndNow Toolbox will help increase the impact of leaders all over, so that more voices are engaged and equipped to help get to better results for low-income people, faster.

Resource on Jun 29, 2016

Collective Impact Element Dashboard 

Living Cities developed the Collective Impact Elements dashboard as a tool to capture progress and prioritize resources based on where site partners are in their work.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Aug 11, 2016

5 Questions for Demetric Duckett, Living Cities’ New Associate Director of Capi… 

The newest addition to the Living Cities team answers five questions about his career path, hopes and aspirations.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Aug 4, 2016

Want Your Business to Make Mo’ Money? Start Valuing Values 

By changing the way the world does business, we can fundamentally change the world.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Owen Stone on Jul 29, 2016

How i-teams Get it Right When They Get it Wrong 

Here's how i-teams learned from failure and repositioned themselves for long-term success.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Jul 29, 2016

Collective Impact #Toolbox: After Action Reviews 

Want to build a feedback culture? Use this fast, simple U.S. Army process to reflect, capture learning, and improve how your partnership works together over time.

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