In 2015, we saw a number of exciting trends emerge that spoke well for the change we want to see in the world. This past year, there’s been a surge in resources geared at community engagement. And, the need to address issues of racial equity and inclusion have risen to the top of our national conversation.
In 2016, we’re keeping our eye on a number of other promising trends that we hope to learn from, in order to accelerate dramatically better results for low-income people.
1) Experimenting with New Ways to Direct Private Capital to Social Impact Needs:
At Living Cities, we know that we cannot “nonprofit our way out” of our most wicked problems. We will be tracking stories about crowdsourcing, fintech, domestic impact investing, Pay for Success and more.
2) Embedding Innovation in City Government:
From the civic tech movement to the proliferation of innovation teams in city halls around the country, we are seeing a movement that will see city governments doing more with less, tapping the wisdom of their residents, and partnering and innovating like never before.
3) Harnessing Technology to Improve the Lives of Low-Income People:
We believe that technology has the potential to fundamentally transform government services, education, financial services, jobs and more. In 2016, we will be scanning for stories about how technology is being harnessed to improve the lives of low-income people and to better connect people to their governments and to essential services.
4) Creating More Effective Cross-Sector Partnerships:
No one institution or sector can solve poverty or inequality on their own. With the launch of our cross-sector partnership assessment tool, we have been thinking a lot about how leaders across sectors can work together differently to get dramatically better results for low-income people. Moving forward, we will be working to even better understand what these types of partnerships look like in cities across the country.
5) Using Data to Drive Results:
More and more, city governments, social change organizations, and cross-sector partnerships are doubling down on data capture and analysis to effectively to shift decision-making processes, policies and resources. We want to learn about how they are making meaning of data, and how it is being harnessed in transformational ways.
Over the next year, we’ll be asking key questions about each of these topics. We’re excited to dig deep and share what we’re learning with you.
What do you think of these trends? What else would you add to the list?