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 Feb 8, 2018

New Impact Investing Strategy Puts Race Front and Center 

Driving impact through investment means getting real about race.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 5, 2018

#BensTake: What Can We Learn from Amazon HQ2? 

Amazon could leverage its new headquarters to promote inclusive growth. But if the company won't, then cities in the running should put equity at the center.

Resource on Jan 31, 2018

Tackling Racial Equity in 2018: the Urgent Now 

Our Principal of Public Sector & Partnerships, Steven Bosacker, recently contributed to the International City/Council Management Association’s 18 in 2018, a publication assembling the predictions, views and tips of major public sector players for 2…

Blog Post Shanee Helfer on Jan 25, 2018

Navigating My White Israeli Identity in a Racialized American Society 

From Melting Pots to Fruit Salads

Blog Post Thomas Houston on Jan 16, 2018

Reflections on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Living Cities staff members share reflections on the power and relevance of his messages today.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan & Sabrina Mutukisna on Dec 7, 2017

The Town Kitchen Q&A: Lunch with a Purpose 

We sit down with San Francisco entrepreneur Sabrina Mutukisna to talk social impact in this Q&A piece.

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Brandee McHale on Nov 29, 2017

Funding the Inclusive Cities of Tomorrow, Today 

Resilience, infrastructure, and equity go hand-in-hand.

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