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 Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 21, 2016

A Different Kind of Entrepreneur 

For a Values-Driven Entrepreneur, the sheer act of pursuing purpose opens the door not only for opportunities but for the resources needed to take advantage of them.

Blog Post Ed Blayney on Jul 19, 2016

Using #CivicTech to Stop Fires in Vacant Properties 

The Louisville City Accelerator team reflects on a hackathon that created a low-cost wireless smoke detector.

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 Ben Hecht on Jul 18, 2016

#BensTake: After Dallas, America Must Address Economic Opportunity 

To strengthen relationships among different racial groups in America, we must address economic disparities between whites and people of color.

Blog Post Sarah Auslander on Jul 15, 2016

Q&A: Prototyping in Local Government 

How can cities use prototyping to create better products and services?

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 14, 2016

If I Build It... 

Wealth or meaning? Values-Driven Entrepreneurs don't make the choice: they do well BY doing good. And Tynesia Boyea-Robinson believes that with enough proof-points, they can change the way the world …

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jul 13, 2016

Using Data for Collective Impact Step Three: Present the Data 

The third step to using data for collective impact is presenting data in a way to facilitate behavior change. These resources will help you determine the best way to present your data.

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