At Living Cities, we are deeply unsatisfied with the incremental pace of social change. Too often, our aspirations are too small. Our solutions are not matched to the true nature and scale of the problems. We are frequently unwilling to confront difficult realities like structural racism, intergenerational poverty and inequitable outcomes in education, health, housing and jobs. To create enduring change, we must all work together to build a new type of urban practice aimed at dramatically improving the economic well-being of low-income people, faster.
Mindful that no one individual, institution, or sector can achieve this goal alone, in 2014, we decided to open source our annual report, asking folks in our networks—from our member institutions, to grantees, to our staff, to our social media followers, to a diversity of other thought leaders, dreamers and doers—to share their thoughts, insights, lessons and ideas about what this #NewUrbanPractice should look like. Check out the report here!
On April 22, 2015 we will be continuing the conversation with an “Ask Me Anything” Twitter chat, with Living Cities’ CEO, Ben Hecht, from 11am-12pm ET.
How You Can Participate
Join Living Cities (@Living_Cities) and Ben (@benhecht) for a conversation about what it will take to build a new urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people, faster. Ask us questions about the ideas and themes in the report, and share your insights using the hashtag #NewUrbanPractice! At the conclusion of the hour, all participants will be invited to share final thoughts and ideas.
#NewUrbanPractice Chat Series
This will be the first conversation in a series that will explore key components of the #NewUrbanPractice. The subsequent discussions will occur on:
- May 1 @ 12:30pm ET: Twitter Chat - Innovations & Trends in Data & Technology
- May 8 @ 12:30pm ET: Twitter Chat - Innovations & Trends in Impact Investing
- May 11 @ 2:30pm ET: Google Hangout - New Urban Practice Trends & Ideas Toward Getting Dramatically Better Results for Low-Income People, Faster
- May 22 @ 12 PM ET: Twitter Chat - Innovations & Trends Addressing Issues of Racial Equity and Inclusion
Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming chats!