Yesterday, Living Cities launched “ Disrupting Inequality: A Living Cities Perspective in 2013.” In the report, we examine the state of inequality in America and outline our approach to disrupting the trend. The story we tell comes to light during an important moment in our nation’s history. On July 2, 2014, America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the passing of The Civil Rights Act of 1964. The monumental legislation paved the way for all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, or sex, to access equal opportunity.

While the U.S. has made strides to expand access to opportunity since 1964, Americans will celebrate this anniversary at a time when inequality is still a persistent problem. Today, U.S. income inequality has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. The median wealth of white households is 19 times that of African American households and 14 times that of Hispanic households. And a child born into the bottom 20% of the income distribution has less than a 1-in-20 chance of making it to the top! Though the Civil Rights Act dismantled many barriers, ladders of opportunity are still not equal for all Americans.

Living Cities is committed to disrupting inequality. As our CEO, Ben Hecht, notes, there is a huge spotlight on cities these days as places where change really happens. Living Cities works with leaders at the forefront of change in their cities to disrupt inequality and invent new ways of working. And we invite you to turn to Twitter and disrupt with us!


On Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 1pm Eastern Time , Living Cities will host our first Twitter Chat on Disrupting Inequality. The Twitter Chat intentionally coincides with the 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act. We believe that our nation is at a unique moment in time to bring the issue of disrupting inequality more fully to the mainstream. We must address these trends with the urgency of now.


We invite you and your organizations to participate in the Twitter Chat on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Living Cities will moderate the chat via our Twitter handle, @Living_Cities, and the Hashtag #DisruptingInequality. Over the course of an hour, we will pose a series of questions about the state of inequality and the role cities play in disrupting the issue. Participants will have 10 minutes after each question to answer and discuss, before we move onto the next question. At the conclusion of the hour, all participants will be invited to share final thoughts and ideas. We will share the final questions with participants in advance of July 2.


Your participation is crucial to disrupting inequality. Living Cities recognizes that the issue of inequality is complex, and difficult to solve. We are open-sourcing solutions to you, our followers and partners, so that we might co-create a path forward in disrupting inequality.


In addition the Twitter Chat on July 2nd, we will explore key themes from the report by continuing our virtual conversation over the next month. Stay tuned for updates on how to participate.