Check out the video of the event!
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. To create enduring change, we must all work together to build a new type of urban practice aimed at dramatically improving the lives of low-income people.
Mindful that no one individual, institution, or sector can achieve this goal alone, we convened over 100 folks at our 2015 New Urban Practice Network Summit. The Summit was not a series of static panel presentations, but rather a dynamic process of exploration and discovery. In the room were staff from our member institutions, our grantees, and our staff. We also scanned the social change field to expand our network with a diversity of other thought leaders, dreamers and doers in such diverse areas as civic tech, impact investing, racial equity & inclusion, business, banking, social entrepreneurship, community organizing, government, and philanthropy. Together, we worked to identify the most significant and promising trends, methods, and practices. And, we co-designed some specific ways that we can collectively increase scale and impact.
The Summit was the launch of what we are hoping will grow into a broader movement. Everyone has a role to play! Stay tuned for ways to get involved, and join the conversation on Twitter using #NewUrbanPractice. To get a taste of what a process of co-creation can look like, check out this video.
And check out our 2015 annual report for more on the #NewUrbanPractice.