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 Demetric Duckett & Scot Spencer on Feb 26, 2020

Is Philanthropy Aligned on the Root Causes of Inequities? 

Blog Post Shannon Jordy on Feb 20, 2020

#WealthInColor: Disparities in New Orleans' Entrepreneurial Ecosystem [INFOGRAP… 

Eighteen months ago, Living Cities, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Surdna Foundation embarked on Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up [SU(3)], a three-city initiative designed to address gaps in the entre…

Resource on Dec 6, 2019

Radical Collaboration for Black Wealth Creation 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 30, 2020

Foundations and Financial Institutions Recommit to Work for Racial Equity 

Blog Post Marlon Williams on Dec 22, 2019

Strength In Numbers: The Importance of the 2020 Census 

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire & Demetric Duckett on Dec 6, 2019

Reimagining Black Wealth: Asking 400 Year Old Questions 

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Jeff Raderstrong on Nov 20, 2019

Living Our Values as a 21st Century Learning Organization: Lessons from Digital… 

We spent two years building a digital community engagement tool to help practitioners close racial gaps. We share our lessons learned in a new report.

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