A weekly roundup of articles and information that you won’t want to miss!

This week we’re sharing a collection of articles that highlight the ways that civic leaders are tackling some of their regions’ toughest challenges - from engaging local communities to helping residents access bike-share to advocating for the homeless. Happy Reading!

Collective Impact

The Culture of Collective Impact - By Paul Schmitz, The Huffington Post

Paul Schmitz, former CEO of Public Allies, uses the core values of Public Allies to explore how to build a greater culture for enduring collective impact. He draws on his experience developing civic leaders to provide insightful thoughts on the principles of collective impact.

Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Program Associate, The Integration Initiative

Empowering Emerging Leaders: An Interview with Shape Up Somerville

A great example of how a collective impact initiative can empower communities of color to fully participate in and shape the effort itself, resulting in strategies that are better informed by local experience.

Recommended by Juan Sebastian Arias, Program Associate, Collective Impact

Economic Development

JPMorgan is betting $100 million on Detroit. Can it leverage a lot more? - By Jim Tankersley, The Washington Post

A look back at reflections from J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon and Aaron Seybert on a $100 Million investment in Detroit. The article offers a compelling look at both the impact a bank (or lender, or investor) can have on economic development and the impact that the “discipline of debt” can make in a community.

Recommended by Brian Nagendra, Senior Program Associate, Capital Innovation

Shared Mobility

Bike-Share is (Still) Struggling to Reach Poor People Across North America - By Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Though bike-sharing has become a popular model in many U.S. cities, it’s been slow to reach low-income communities. CityLab uses data from a new report to chart the bike-share “equity” problem across major North American metros. Their analyses resonate with many of our own findings from a study on Shared Mobility with ITDP, in which we asked: Can shared mobility help low-income people access opportunity?

Recommended by Amy Chung, Associate Director, Capital Innovation


Poor Kids Who Do Everything Right Don’t Do Better than Rich Kids Who Do Everything Wrong - By Matt O’Brien, Wonkblog

“Even poor kids who do everything right don’t do much better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Advantages and disadvantages, in other words, tend to perpetuate themselves”: Food for thought as we think about what it means to expand access to opportunity.

Recommended by Nadia Owusu, Assistant Director of Strategic Communications and Storytelling


Can a ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’ End the Criminalization of LA’s Most Vulnerable Residents? - By John Thomason, The Nation

When it comes to complex social problems, homelessness is undeniably one of the most challenging. Homelessness as an issue is the product of multiple complex social problems like joblessness, inadequate family services, housing unaffordability, substance abuse, mental wellness, and domestic violence. This article tells the story of the evolving treatment of homeless Los Angelenos, coalition-building efforts between homeless rights groups, the adoption and repurposing of a comprehensive statewide Homeless Bill of Rights passed in Rhode Island, and the continued effort of advocates to fight the ongoing criminalization of one of the city’s most vulnerable communities. It is a lesson in the power of shared decision-making (multiple allied groups coming together), working differently together (shifting from a reactionary approach to proactively proposing legislation), open-sourcing innovation (adapting something that worked in a different state), and learning from failure in real-time (assessing why the bill died and developing a new strategy for the next legislative season).

Recommended by Tiffany Ferguson, Program Assistant, Public Sector Innovation