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by John Cruz, MUP & Laura Kinsell-Baer on Feb 22, 2018

Engaging Hard to Reach Users in Designing Civic Tech  

Designing useful tech solutions requires working "with, not for" the community to solve problems. A civic tech and data collaborative in St. Louis reflects on how they engaged their end users—residents navigating the county court system.

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.

Blog Post Shanee Helfer on Jan 25, 2018

Navigating My White Israeli Identity in a Racialized American Society 

From Melting Pots to Fruit Salads

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James Anderson 

James Anderson leads the government innovation portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies. This includes the Mayors Project, a multi-tiered effort to spread effective strategies between cities.

Blog Post Louise Carter & Elaine Albertson on Jan 22, 2018

5 Lessons for Harnessing Data and Tech to Meet Community Needs 

A community data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on lessons learned in bridging between data, tech, and community-based organizations.

Blog Post Louise Carter & Elaine Albertson on Jan 18, 2018

Leveraging Data to Address Community Needs in King County 

A longtime data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on opportunities to partner with tech and leverage data for big-picture change.

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Innovation Teams 

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.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Jan 3, 2018

How Albuquerque is Fighting Trickle-Down Economics  

In 2014, leaders from across sectors in Albuquerque gathered around a table and asked: How do we change the course of our economy? What will it take to truly adapt to new economic realities and creat…

Blog Post Andrea Chen & Flozell Daniels, Jr. on Dec 19, 2017

Propeller Social Venture Fund: Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem … 

A new $1 million Social Venture Fund will support and scale innovative ventures of entrepreneurs of color.

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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Darrin Redus 

Darrin Redus leads the work of MainStreet Inclusion Advisors. He is a veteran of the financial services and economic development industries.

Blog Post Joseph Sutkowi on Nov 22, 2017

Five Steps We Used to Scan the Entrepreneurship Landscape 

Living Cities recently released its scan of entrepreneurship initiatives by Living Cities and its members. In this post, we dive into how we did it and why.

Blog Post April Urban on Nov 16, 2017

Powering Social Change with Data and Tech in Northeast Ohio 

Data and information can be harnessed to power social change.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 15, 2017

#BensTake: 5 Elements for Creating Inclusive Economies 

Five key elements that must be central to any efforts to build inclusive economies.

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Nov 7, 2017

#GoodReads: Blogs We're Reading on Racial Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

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Gary S. Hattem 

Gary S. Hattem is President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank's Community Development Finance Group. He is responsible for the firm’s lending, investment and philanthropic activities targeted to disadvan…

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & Owen Stone on Nov 6, 2017

Living Cities and Governing Magazine Launch 2017 Equipt to Innovate Survey 

Take this year's Equipt to Innovate survey to see where your city stands on these 7 elements of good governance.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 26, 2017

#BensTake: What's Next for Municipal Innovation? 

3 key lessons help chart a path forward for anyone wanting to support the next phase of the municipal innovation movement.