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.

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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.

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What We’re Thinking

Blog Post Joseph Sutkowi on Sep 19, 2017

Four Innovative Procurement Tactics Cities are Using to Increase Equity 

Making procurement more equitable can be challenging. See what four cities are doing to increase contracts and participation with businesses owned by people of color.

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly on Sep 14, 2017

Five Elements of Effective Collaboration for Investors 

Our new Managing Director of the Catalyst Loan Funds reflects on her first couple of months at Living Cities, sharing her thoughts on how those in the investment world can more effectively collaborat…

Resource on Sep 11, 2017

A Day in a Life: How Racism Impacts Families of Color [INFOGRAPHIC] 

If life is a game, it is rigged.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 14, 2017

Facing Down Racial Terror 

Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht responds to the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 7, 2017

#BensTake: 3 Things We Learned from Surveying Innovation in America’s Cities 

Our inaugural Equipt to Innovate Survey gave us insight into the state of municipal innovation across the country, and taught us a few lessons in the process.

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Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Jul 25, 2017

#GoodReads: What We're Watching on Race Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Jul 17, 2017

#GoodReads: What We're Listening to on Race Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

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