Join a Twitter Chat with Living Cities CEO, Ben Hecht, to discuss the foundations for building a new type of urban practice.

On Monday, we announced the launch of the new LivingCities.Org. Over the past three years, Living Cities has spent a lot of time thinking through how the organization could best leverage the growing power of the internet and the open-source movement to move the needle on some of the toughest challenges we face as a nation.

We believe that these trends, and the fact that disruptive technologies can accelerate the spread of promising solutions, are the foundation for a new urban practice aimed at dramatically improving the economic well-being of low-income people.

Building on the success of our #DisruptingInequality Twitter chats, we will be open-sourcing the path forward in creating a new type of urban practice. What is it? What role do different sectors play in developing the field? We’re committed to learning in public, and that means learning with and from our audiences and partners in real time. Living Cities, with our CEO, Ben Hecht, will host a Twitter Chat from 12:30-1:30pm on October 1st to hear your thoughts on these questions and more.


On behalf of Ben and Living Cities, I invite you and your organizations to participate in our Twitter Chat. Living Cities will moderate the chat via our Twitter handle @Living_Cities and the hashtag #NewUrbanPractice. You can also follow Ben with @BenHecht.

Over the course of an hour, we will pose a series of questions about how we might disrupt inequality by collectively building a new type of urban practice that addresses the systems that currently work to reinforce it. Participants will have 10 minutes after each question to share their thoughts, feedback and other relevant information before we move onto the next question. At the conclusion of the hour, all participants will be invited to share their final ideas.

Questions for Participants:

  1. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing low-income people in U.S. Cities? #NewUrbanPractice
  2. How do you think the public sector can work towards #disruptinginequality? #NewUrbanPractice
  3. How can we harness private markets towards #disruptinginequality? What innovations have you seen in #impactinvesting? #NewUrbanPractice
  4. What are some good examples of #xsector leaders coming together to solve wicked problems? #NewUrbanPractice
  5. What role can storytelling & technology play in #disruptinginequality? #opensourcechange #NewUrbanPractice
  6. This one’s up to you!

For our final question, we’re asking you – what else would you like to ask Ben and our Twitter community about building a new type of urban practice? Let us know via @Living_Cities and #NewUrbanPractice or by emailing questions to us at


Your voice is crucial in our work to understand how we can dramatically improving the economic well-being of low-income people. We are open-sourcing the path forward to you, our followers, so that we might co-create new, innovative solutions to wicked problems and, together, move the needle for low-income people.

Please join us on October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm Eastern Time. If you have questions about participation or involvement, please email me (Elizabeth Vargas) at