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 Ben Hecht on Nov 15, 2017

#BensTake: 5 Elements for Creating Inclusive Economies 

Five key elements that must be central to any efforts to build inclusive economies.

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Nov 7, 2017

#GoodReads: Blogs We're Reading on Racial Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

Resource on Nov 22, 2017

#Goodreads: Resources on Racial Equity 

What we're reading, listening to, and watching to advance our understanding of racial equity and inclusion.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 26, 2017

#BensTake: What's Next for Municipal Innovation? 

3 key lessons help chart a path forward for anyone wanting to support the next phase of the municipal innovation movement.

Blog Post Ratna Gill & Hafizah Omar on Oct 25, 2017

What We're Learning About Entrepreneurship as a Job Creation Strategy 

We looked at hundreds of initiatives focused on accelerating entrepreneurship and small business growth, and these are the common themes that emerged.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Oct 25, 2017

My Equation for Systems Change Results 

I challenge collective impact teams working in service of better results for people, especially people who have been marginalized for generations, to consider this formula as a frame to guide their w…

Blog Post Joseph Sutkowi on Sep 19, 2017

Four Innovative Procurement Tactics Cities are Using to Increase Equity 

Making procurement more equitable can be challenging. See what four cities are doing to increase contracts and participation with businesses owned by people of color.

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