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

No matter what issue or topic your work focuses on, Living Cities staff have some great insight on useful articles, relevant to social changemakers across sectors. Check out this week’s collection of #GoodReads to learn more about collective impact and social investments and find workplace tips.

Collective Impact

How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact - By FSG and the Forum for Youth Investment , Collective Impact Forum

A new learning brief co-authored by FSG and the Forum for Youth Investment that provides examples and recommendations of public policies that use funding streams, regulations, reporting and auditing practices, and interdepartmental collaboration to enable communities to apply the collective impact approach to tackling complex social problems.

Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Program Associate, The Integration Initiative


Some Are More Equal Than Others - The Economist

For the first time since the 1930s, the wealth of America’s top 0.1% is about to exceed that of the bottom 90%. Findings from a new paper by Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics.

Recommended by Eileen Neely, Director, Capital Innovation

Social Impact Bonds

Paying for Pre-School with Social Impact Bonds

The Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools' proposal to use $17 million in social impact bonding to expand an early education program. However, to some, the agreement begs the question – is this really a creative and innovative mechanism for fast-tracking and expanding a successful early childhood educational program or is the City placing investors ahead of children?

Recommended by Tonya Banks, Senior Administrative Associate, Capital Innovation

Impact Investing

Nine Misconceptions about Social Investment - CAF Ventures

There currently a debate going on about social investment – and questions around whether is it right or wrong for charities and not-for-profits to borrow money to help growth? This article busts nine myths about social investment and looks deeper at opportunities.

Recommended by Eileen Neely, Director, Capital Innovation

After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit - By Jeff Brady, NPR

A good example of when patient capital needs a bit more patience. The U.S. Department of Energy loan program is now in the black, investing in projects that spur good jobs and market growth.

Recommended by Brian Nagendra, Senior Associate, Capital Innovation

Workplace Tips

6 Ideas From Creative Thinkers to Shake Up Your Work Routine - By Jessica Cross, TED Ideas

My recommendation! Check out these tips and TED Talks for a fun way to spur creativity and keep the momentum going after a long week.

Happy Reading!