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 Ron Littlefield on Aug 31, 2015

Mayors Come and Go, But Good Ideas Should Stick 

Upcoming elections will test the sustainability of mayors’ innovation initiatives.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos on Aug 24, 2015

'Saving Gotham: Transforming America’s Cities' at South-by-Southwest 2016 

Living Cities wants to share our experiences and lessons at South-by-Southwest Interactive 2016. Your vote will determine if our session gets selected.

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 Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 21, 2015

Social Change Is About People: Weekly #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

This weekly round-up of 'must-read' articles showcases a variety of perspectives on and approaches to social change work with people at their core.

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 20, 2015

Lightning Round: The Challenge of Community Engagement 

We asked the Innovation Teams how they are working with community members to gather information and generate novel ideas.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Laura Ravinder on Aug 20, 2015

How Newark’s Collective Impact Initiative Thrived From Booker to Baraka 

Political transitions test the strength of local collective impact efforts. Learn how Newark's initiative survived and thrived as Mayor Cory Booker left office and Mayor Ras Baraka stepped in.

Blog Post Yonah Freemark on Aug 19, 2015

For Urban Living that Benefits All, Cities Need a Comprehensive Strategy 

As Chicago grows around its transit systems, the city is working to ensure that development can expand equity of access rather than contract it.

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