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 Julie Bosland on Jun 13, 2019

Lessons Learned from Regional Inclusive Economic Growth 

We talked to Living Cities members, partners and practitioners in the field to gather the critical lessons learned from past regional efforts in the US.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso & Santiago Carrillo on Jun 11, 2019

Building Local Startup Ecosystems That Work for Entrepreneurs of Color 

Entrepreneurial hubs around the country are rethinking how they attract and support a group of business founders they’ve historically overlooked and underserved: entrepreneurs of color.

Resource on May 13, 2019

Racial Equity Here Learning Report: Lessons from 5 Cities Operationalizing Racial Equity 

This learning report highlights lessons learned from the work of five cities operationalizing racial equity, including Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville, and Philadelphia.

Blog Post Marlon Williams & Alyssa Smaldino on Jun 5, 2019

What Does Racial Equity & Inclusion Look Like for the Public Sector? 

Blog Post Crystal Li & JaNay Queen Nazaire on May 24, 2019

Bringing Our Results Framework to Life: Building a Data Culture 

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Crystal Li on May 17, 2019

The Little-Known History of Chinese Restaurants 

For Asian Pacific American Heritage month, I wanted to share a portion of my culture’s history. We need to be able to support each other to lift up our voices and share how our struggles are rooted i…

Blog Post Ellen Ward & Brinda Ganguly on May 15, 2019

Asking the Right Questions to Guide Investments in Closing Racial Wealth Gaps 

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