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 Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 8, 2015

Two Lessons on Digital Engagement and Social Change Communications 

With a year of data on hand, we've learned a few lessons about effective social change communications from the way visitors interact with the features we built into our new website.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso on Oct 8, 2015

How Cities are Changing Their Thinking on Disconnected Youth 

In late September, nearly 40 mayoral chiefs of staff and policy advisers from around the country gathered at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for the 14th convening of the Project on Municipal Inn…

Resource on Aug 13, 2015

The City Accelerator Guide Report on Analytics, Impact and Learning 

City Accelerator Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government was the first in a series of three Pilot Projects launched in early 2015 to test Living Cities' hypotheses around open-sourcing social change.

Blog Post Jennifer Perkins on Oct 7, 2015

Journey to Results: Using Data to Drive Decisions 

During our upcoming Learning Community, partnerships in the Integration Initiative will leverage local data to drive decisions. Two New York Times articles set the stage for that conversation.

Blog Post Ted Smith on Oct 6, 2015

New Ideas for Old Tools: Harnessing the Community Reinvestment Act for the Futu… 

In Louisville, an innovative web platform pursues the goal of simplifying the process of collaboration between banks and community partners.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2015

#BensTake: We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Ameri… 

Some colleges have adapted to today's challenges, enrolling and graduating low-income students at above average rates. Here's what we can take away from the success stories to provide better educatio…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Sep 30, 2015

Three Themes From the i-teams Convening in New Orleans 

Three key themes emerged from the 2015 Fall i-teams Convening in New Orleans.

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