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 Mar 27, 2015

How Poor are the Poor: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

Our weekly round-up of articles and resources looks deeply into issues of data and equity, and their role in building a new type of urban practice.

Blog Post Andy Rachlin & Ellen Ward on Mar 25, 2015

The 4 Ps of Pay for Success: Partnership 

Partnerships, one of the 4 Ps of Pay for Success (PFS) are a cornerstone of any PFS transaction. While partnerships have their own complications, we consider four aspects of partnership crucial to PF…

Resource on Mar 24, 2015

Week 2: Amplifying the Voice of Community in Collective Impact 

Our free e-course will help you better understand the process of working with community members through collective impact.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Mar 23, 2015

In a Pickle: How to Strengthen Your Capacity for Collective Impact 

The actual application of the principles of collective impact can be challenging and complex work. To build this capacity, here are a few tips to get the most out of three critical dimensions: proces…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Mar 20, 2015

Assessing Civic Tech: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff  

A weekly round-up of articles and information recommended by Living Cities staff that you won't want to miss!

The New Yorker

Richer and Poorer: Accounting for inequality 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 18, 2015

#BensTake: American Cities Attacking Racial Equity and Inclusion from the Insid… 

American cities are realizing that combating institutionalized and structural racism will require a fundamental shift in how they do business. Here's how municipalities are dismantling entrenched bar…

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Andy Rachlin on Mar 18, 2015

From the 4 Cs of Credit to the 4 Ps of Pay for Success 

A new financing mechanism requires a new way of underwriting. Here are the top four things to consider before investing in any Pay for Success Project.

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