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:

Capital Innovation.

We blend public, private, and philanthropic financial resources in new ways to better meet the needs of cities and their residents.

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.

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 Feb 27, 2015

The Performance Imperative: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

A weekly round-up of articles, resources and information that you won't want to miss!

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Julie Nelson on Feb 26, 2015

Four Entry Points for Local Governments Looking to Further Racial Equity  

In this third installment of an interview with Julie Nelson, she shares advice on entry points for other governments interested in taking on racial equity work.

Resource on Jan 12, 2015

City Accelerator Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government 

This guide gives local leaders a practical, action-oriented framework for breakthrough innovation.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 26, 2015

#BensTake: It’s the Economy (and The Future of Our Democracy), Stupid 

A landmark 1997 study exposed the racial wealth gap. In the past 20 years, has anything changed?

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Julie Nelson on Feb 25, 2015

How to Advance Equity through Government Innovation 

In this second installment of an interview with Julie Nelson, she explains how local government can help advance racial equity and offers advice for jurisdictions considering taking on this work.


Federal Agencies' Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and … 

Blog Post Christian Bason on Feb 25, 2015

Evaluating Policy Takes Too Long: Here's What You Can Do About It 

How governments are increasingly leveraging lean and human-centered design approaches to improve complex policies.

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Julie Nelson on Feb 24, 2015

Why Government Can Be a Powerful Force for Equity 

In the first of a three part series, Julie Nelson of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity explains how local government can advance racial equity and eliminate racial disparities.

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