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 Steven Bosacker on Apr 27, 2017

Dynamically Planned: Make Only Big Plans, the Sequel 

In his latest writing on the Equipt to Innovate framework, Steven Bosacker takes inspiration from architect Daniel Burnham, plus the work of cities like New Orleans and Louisville, to discuss how urb…

Blog Post Leah Gilliam on Apr 21, 2017

Girls First: Focusing on Youth to Close Gender and Racial Gaps 

Resource on Jan 4, 2017

Voicing Race: Storytelling in Traditional Media 

Listen to our inaugural podcast, Voicing Race, in which we speak to journalists Tanzina Vega of CNN and Barrett Pitner of the Guardian and the Daily Beast about race in the media.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Apr 20, 2017

Race-Informed: From Intent to Actions in Government  

The latest post on Living Cities' Equipt to Innovate framework addresses racial inequities and how the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, specifically, is embracing new approaches to tackle the problem.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Apr 14, 2017

Resident-Involved: The Parliamentarian from Estonia 

In the second of a seven-part series on Living Cities' Equipt to Innovate™ framework, Steven Bosacker discusses engaging residents—the "deliciously messy part of governing."

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Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Apr 7, 2017

Broadly Partnered: Tapping the Whole Community on the Tough Stuff 

In the first of a seven-part series on Living Cities' Equipt to Innovate™ framework, Steven Bosacker shows how Richmond, VA, is tapping the collective intelligence of its city to address one of the t…

Blog Post Kathryn Finney on Apr 5, 2017

How digitalundivided Builds Confident Black and Latina Women Entrepreneurs 

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