At Living Cities, we believe in the power of cross-sector partnerships to address some of the toughest challenges our country faces today. Cross-sector partnerships are at the core of innovative work we support that is transforming urban systems and producing better results for low-income people, like our signature Integration Initiative and Strive. But, as these initiatives and others have continued to evolve, we’ve realized there was a need for greater understanding of cross-sector partnerships so that practitioners, participants, and funders can have a systematic way and shared language to reflect on whether these vehicles are structured to achieve their intended goals.

Today, we’re pleased to share with you the first piece in our cross-sector partnership series of work: \“ What Barriers? Insights from Solving Problems through Cross-Sector Partnerships\”. In this paper, we set out to offer a strategic framework for cross-sector partnerships including describing and defining the traits that make up a strong foundation, factors that influence success, and behaviors of high-impact efforts. In addition to the theory, the paper steeps these ideas in four examples of cross-sector partnerships working on different issues, in distinctive ways, in diverse geographies:•

Our hope is that this piece (and the forthcoming associated case studies) is just the beginning of the conversation—one that can grow and be adapted–to advance cross-sector partnerships to address the toughest challenges our world and its people face today.

We hope you will share What Barriers? with others who might find it useful, and that you’ll join the conversation and share your feedback and ideas with me directly, here on the blog, or via Twitter @Living_Cities using #xsector.