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Inequality Between America’s Rich and Poor is at a 30 Year High - By Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

The rapid demographic changes in our nation and the inequitable distribution of wealth and attainment of higher education, if not disrupted, will lead to a significantly less wealthy and educated populace as America becomes a majority non-white nation.

This Federal Reserve and the Pew Research Center report illustrates just how large the disparity of wealth and asset are between white, black and Latino. As America becomes a more diverse, majority non-white nation, we are asking: what role could philanthropic, public and private institutions can play in diversifying the holders of wealth in our nation?

Recommended by John Portacio, Operations and Development Associate

The Year in Inequality: Racial Disparity Can No Longer be Ignored - By Ned Resnikoff, Al Jazeera America

This article argues that a discussion about inequality that does not include a discussion about race ignores a fundamental issue related to rising inequality in the US. It outlines several policies that have contributed to the racial wealth gap overtime.

Recommended by Jeff Raderstrong, Program Associate, The Integration Initiative

Community Engagement

The Problem with “Community Outreach” - By James Capraro, Collective Impact Forum

In Part 2 of the ‘Collective Impact in Neighborhood Revitalization’ series, Capraro examines the challenges that arise by doing community “outreach” - starting with problems and prescribing solutions before seeking community input - as opposed to authentic engagement. He compares two scenarios to illustrate the different outcomes that are possible when communities are engaged earlier on in the process of identifying the problem and designing the solution within collective impact work.

Recommended by Juan Sebastian Arias, Program Associate, Collective Impact

Municipal Innovation

5 Parking Innovations Every City Should Adopt- By Eric Jaffe City Lab

In “5 Parking Innovations Every City Should Adopt”, the author puts forward real-life examples of cities transitioning away from individual parking meters and toward license plate-based payment systems. While a number of cities have adopted this method of regulating parking transactions, there are smaller additional steps cities can take to creatively deploy parking revenue, encourage less traffic, and reward cleaner vehicles.

Recommended by Tiffany Ferguson, Program Assistant, Public Sector Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program To 12 New American Cities - Bloomberg Philanthropies

One of Living Cities’ core areas of focus is working with public sector leaders to foster more nimble, collaborative and data-driven local governments. Our Project on Municipal Innovation and City Accelerator are key platforms for doing just that. We see those networks as part of a broader movement and growing ecosystem that considers such important questions as how government can better engage and serve citizens, including through creative uses of technologies; how local governments can learn from each other and avoid reinventing the wheel; and how cities can better face forces of change. We view Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team’s program as a leading force in that movement, and are excited about the expansion of the program to include 12 additional U.S. cities, and two cities in Israel.

Read the announcement and hear from five mayors of the first cities to receive the grants about their experiences in an op-ed series on CNN Money.

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