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by Brittany Ramos on Aug 24, 2015

'Saving Gotham: Transforming America’s Cities' at South-by-Southwest 2016 

Living Cities wants to share our experiences and lessons at South-by-Southwest Interactive 2016. Your vote will determine if our session gets selected.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 21, 2015

Social Change Is About People: Weekly #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

This weekly round-up of 'must-read' articles showcases a variety of perspectives on and approaches to social change work with people at their core.

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 20, 2015

Lightning Round: The Challenge of Community Engagement 

We asked the Innovation Teams how they are working with community members to gather information and generate novel ideas.

Blog Post Laura Ravinder on Aug 20, 2015

How Newark’s Collective Impact Initiative Thrived From Booker to Baraka 

Political transitions test the strength of local collective impact efforts. Learn how Newark's initiative survived and thrived as Mayor Cory Booker left office and Mayor Ras Baraka stepped in.

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Barbara Picower 

Barbara Picower is the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of The JPB Foundation, a charitable institution founded in 2011 from the proceeds of the estate of her late husband, Jeffry M. Picower.

Blog Post Yonah Freemark on Aug 19, 2015

For Urban Living that Benefits All, Cities Need a Comprehensive Strategy 

As Chicago grows around its transit systems, the city is working to ensure that development can expand equity of access rather than contract it.

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 18, 2015

Urban Analytics, Cognitive Biases, and the Speed of Trust: i-teams #GoodReads 

This week, we bring you another edition of #GoodReads shared by the Innovation Teams as they tackle the biggest issues facing city governments.

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Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 18, 2015

#BensTake: How to Build a New Type of Urban Practice: Analyzing NLC’s Economic … 

Findings from the National League of Cities' 2015 Local Economic Conditions report highlight three opportunity areas where we can focus our attention to get dramatically better results for low-income…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 14, 2015

#GoodReads: Breaking Silos, Community Engagement and Other Ways to Work Togethe… 

Our weekly round-up of articles and information focuses on different ways cities and leaders from across sectors can work together differently to achieve dramatically better results for low-income pe…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 13, 2015

What We Learned from Launching the City Accelerator Guide 

In January 2015, we packaged our early lessons from the first City Accelerator Cohort into a Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government, and learned "what works" about sharing knowledge in r…

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Aug 12, 2015

The City of No-Frills Innovation 

Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans is solving municipal challenges and improving lives.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Aug 12, 2015

Results Based Accountability Offers a Disciplined Way to Improve Decision-Makin… 

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and the community as a whole.


Daniel Bassichis 

Dan is the co-founder of Admiral Center and Admiral Capital Group, a real estate private equity firm. Prior to forming Admiral Capital Group he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He is also the founder of investment pa…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 11, 2015

Place, Opportunity, and the Sharing Economy: #GoodReads from the Innovation Tea… 

Innovation Teams shared #GoodReads about the intersection of place and opportunity and a unique project in South Korean aimed at promoting a sharing economy.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 11, 2015

#BensTake: Asset Building and the Path to a "Universal Fix" to Poverty 

To break cycles of poverty, we need to double-down on how we help people to build their assets, thinking beyond homeownership, to develop new asset-building strategies that increase wealth and transf…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 7, 2015

The Shared Economy, Disaggregated Data And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities … 

Our diverse portfolio gives us a unique vantage point to identify trends and accelerate the uptake of promising practices in the field. This week’s reading recommendations explore a few of these tren…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 7, 2015

Lightning Round: Peer to Peer Innovation Networks 

Innovation Teams across the United States and Israel develop novel partnerships to work through tough issues facing city governments.

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Ron Littlefield 

Ron Littlefield, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and its lead analyst on the City Accelerator initiative.

Blog Post Craig Adelman & Devin Culbertson on Aug 7, 2015

The Data Divide: Why We Need a Place to Aggregate Research and Data 

*This is the last in a series of four posts about how to navigate the realm of data, big and small, to connect low-income people to the jobs and amenities they need.*

Blog Post Craig Adelman & Devin Culbertson on Aug 6, 2015

The Data Divide: What to do When Valuable Information is Held in People, Not Da… 

**This is the third in a series of four posts about how to navigate the realm of data, big and small, to connect low-income people to the jobs and amenities they need.**