As part of a series of Twitter conversations, we’ll “Chat” with leaders from the field of civic technology to discuss ways to leverage data and technology as part of a #NewUrbanPractice geared toward getting dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

Earlier this month, Living Cities launched our open-source Annual Report: #NewUrbanPractice.

At Living Cities, we are deeply unsatisfied with the current pace of social change. We believe that, to create enduring change, we must all work together to build a new type of urban practice geared toward getting dramatically better results for low-income people, faster. Mindful that no one individual, institution, or sector can achieve this goal alone, we decided to open source our 2014 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.

Now, we are turning to Twitter! We see the potential to harness data and civic technology for social good as a core element of the #NewUrbanPractice. We’re now looking to tap the collective knowledge the Civic Technology field on Twitter – opening the door to a larger, networked conversation across sectors.


On Friday, May 1 at 12:30pm Eastern Time, Living Cities will host our first Twitter Chat on data and technology, and its role in the #NewUrbanPractice. We’ll be joined by special guest, Alex Howard, “E Pluribus Unum” founder and TechRepublic Columnist (@digiphile on Twitter), and other leaders in the field of civic tech, open-data and municipal innovation.


We invite you and your organizations to participate in the Twitter Chat on Friday, May 1, 2014. Living Cities will moderate the chat via our Twitter handle, @Living_Cities, and the Hashtag #NewUrbanPractice. Over the course of an hour, we will pose a series of questions about civic technology, the work of our guests, and the potential of promising innovations in the field. Participants will have 10 minutes after each question to answer and discuss, before we move onto the next question. At the conclusion of the hour, all participants will be invited to share final thoughts and ideas. Questions may include:

  • Question 1: What’s your current involvement in the #civictech movement? #NewUrbanPractice
  • Question 2: What #civictech innovations are you seeing that have potential to dramatically improve the lives of low-income ppl? #NewUrbanPractice
  • Question 3: How are you seeing #civictech applied in the private-sector that we can adapt to drive social change? #NewUrbanPractice
  • Question 4: How can tech leaders across sectors, incl #localgov, engage each other better to do social change work? #NewUrbanPracticee
  • Question 5: Compared to “standard practice” what are people applying #civictech to improve lives of low-income people doing differently? #NewUrbanPractice
  • Question 6: What makes you most excited about the potential of #civictech to improve the lives of low-income people? #NewUrbanPractice


We strongly believe that all must play a role in building a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results from low-income people, faster. Each voice, perspective, or sector is a critical part of the movement towards enduring charge. We are open-sourcing the path forward and ask you to contribute to both the vision and the work it takes to make a #NewUrbanPractice reality.


In addition the Twitter Chat on May 1, we will explore key themes from the report by continuing our virtual conversation over the next month:

  • May 8 @ 12:30pm ET: Twitter Chat - Innovations & Trends in Impact Investing
  • May 22 @ 12 PM ET: Twitter Chat - Innovations & Trends Addressing Issues of Racial Equity and Inclusion

We hope you will help to open-source the #NewUrbanPractice on May 1 and beyond!