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 Kseniya Benderskaya on Apr 29, 2016

Collective Impact #ToolBox: Hiring Initiative Directors 

Hiring for the unique job of leading a collective impact initiative can be complicated. These tips and lessons learned from current initiative directors can help!

Blog Post R.T. Rybak on Apr 20, 2016

Mayors and Schools in the Nation's Capital 

The past three D.C. mayors have sustained a surprising commitment to school reform.

Resource on Feb 26, 2016

Meeting Icebreakers 

Think Icebreakers are touchy-feely? Think again! The right icebreaker can profoundly change the tone of a meeting. Our "Meeting Icebreaker" resource provides a list of recommended icebreakers that can help you build a positive team culture.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Laura Ravinder on Apr 19, 2016

Four Ways Open-Sourcing Social Change Strengthened Community Engagement in Coll… 

By open-sourcing solutions to a key challenge in the field of collective impact--engaging community members--we were able to create actionable and digestible resources that helped practitioners stren…

Blog Post Jen Mayer on Apr 15, 2016

Beyond the Numbers: Telling the Infrastructure Story 

How can cities get better at making the case for infrastructure?

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & Sarah Welsh on Apr 13, 2016

Innovating in World Megacities: A Search for Stories 

What lessons can world megacities teach us about urban innovation?

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Mar 30, 2016

Collective Impact #ToolBox: Partnership Leaders Explain Their Work 

Four Collective Impact practitioner leaders share their ongoing work, lessons learned and insights in 10-15 minute videos.

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