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 Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Apr 17, 2019

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments 

Race-neutral efforts to boost economic opportunity have failed. Going forward, organizations across sectors must deliberately incorporate a racial lens into their economic security efforts.

Blog Post Matt Baer on Apr 4, 2019

Accelerating Government’s Knowledge of Undoing Racism 

Five cities are building their understanding of structural and systemic inequality, in order to deepen their ability to address small business growth with a racial equity lens so all communities can …

Resource on Mar 5, 2019

Getting Ready for Racial Equity Work: The Racial Equity Here Evaluation 

This evaluation of our Racial Equity Here initiative offers recommendations for other cities interested in applying a racial equity lens to their policies and operations.

Blog Post Kien Lee on Apr 3, 2019

Key Recommendations for Funders, Evaluators, and Technical Assistance Providers… 

We are lifting up lessons we’ve learned from our Racial Equity Here cohort, five cities working to operationalize racial equity in local governments. In this blog post, Kien Lee, our evaluator outlin…

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire & Crystal Li on Mar 22, 2019

Getting Real About Results 

How can we fix the disconnect between our investment and the impact we hope to achieve?

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Mar 13, 2019

Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Eighth Consec… 

For the eighth year in a row, Living Cities’ Catalyst Family of Funds have been selected for the ImpactAssets 50, an impact investing showcase featuring fund managers with demonstrated financial capa…

Blog Post Kien Lee on Mar 12, 2019

Getting Ready for Racial Equity Work: Community Engagement  

Community engagement is central to cities’ racial equity strategies. It's also where cities need a lot of support.

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