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 Frank Mirabal on Sep 29, 2016

Building a Platform Instead of a Wall 

Learn how Albuquerque is working to support immigrant entrepreneurs through the City Accelerator.

Blog Post Xavier De Souza Briggs on Sep 23, 2016

Inclusive Capitalism Goes Local 

Five ways to make capitalism more inclusive and create opportunity for all.

Resource on Jun 29, 2016

Collective Impact Element Dashboard 

Living Cities developed the Collective Impact Elements dashboard as a tool to capture progress and prioritize resources based on where site partners are in their work.

Blog Post Brandee McHale on Sep 22, 2016

Philanthropy’s Moment: Enabling and Protecting the Financial Futures of America… 

Three principles can help philanthropy create financial stability for the futures of American families.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 22, 2016

25 Disruptive Leaders Who Are Working to Close the Racial Opportunity Gaps 

Living Cities unveils our 25 Disruptive Leaders list, recognizing remarkable individuals who are shaking up the status quo and creating new approaches to address our nation’s most stubborn challenges…

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 21, 2016

Join our 9/27 Virtual Event on Closing the Racial Gaps  

On our 25th Anniversary, Living Cities will host a Virtual Event to honor the good work done over the past quarter century, reflect back on the progress that has been made, and most importantly, look…

Blog Post Rip Rapson on Sep 21, 2016

Philanthropy Must Increasingly Become Comfortable in Engaging the Changes and A… 

Philanthropy has acted boldly in Detroit to re-imagine the city’s future, and has contributed to a larger conversation in cities across the nation about how we can collectively confront and overcome …

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