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by Elizabeth Vargas on Nov 26, 2015

Living Cities Gives Thanks to Our Partners  

This holiday season, our staff express their thanks for our members and partners who have contributed to the hard work of building a new urban practice.

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Nov 25, 2015

Lightning Round: The i-teams Give Thanks 

This week, we bring you another edition of the i-teams Lightning Round shared by the Innovation Teams (i-teams), a cohort of in-house innovation consultants in cities across the United States and Isr…

Blog Post R.T. Rybak on Nov 24, 2015

Mayors and Schools: The Louisville Handshake 

In this latest installment of the Mayors and Schools Field Trip, Mayor Rybak heads to Louisville, where Mayor Greg Fisher developed a compact with the superintendent of schools to ensure mutual accou…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 23, 2015

#BensTake: Three Ways American Cities Can Support the Economic Aspirations of Y… 

Living Cities' CEO responds to a new report on youth economic opportunity, and offers suggestions for American cities to best support the population of Opportunity Youth most in need.

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Tim McNaught 

Tim McNaught is an MPA/ID candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to attending the Kennedy School, Tim served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan.

Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 20, 2015

Four Lessons You Can Apply To Build and Manage Cohorts  

One intern shares Living Cities key lessons' from our seven year history of building, managing and convening multi-site cohorts across our portfolio.

Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 19, 2015

Four Lessons on Relationships, Trust and Shared Learning in Cohorts  

How can multi-site cohorts build relationships and trust, and facilitate shared learning? One intern shares four lessons from Living Cities seven year history of working with cohorts across cities an…

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Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 18, 2015

What Living Cities Has Learned from Working with Multi-Site Cohorts 

As "cohorts" become an integral part of Living Cities work, one summer intern interviewed staff to surface key themes and lessons from across Living Cities' different initiatives.

Blog Post Eric Gordon on Nov 18, 2015

Improving Public Engagement: 5 Cities Get to Work 

At the end of October, leaders from five cities convened in Baltimore with representatives from Living Cities, the Citi Foundation and Governing to share learnings from their respective City Accelera…

Blog Post Ellie Rossiter on Nov 18, 2015

Residents from HOPE SF Participate in An Integration Initiative Learning Commun… 

This October, four HOPE SF public housing residents joined the San Francisco Integration Initiative Team at a Dallas Learning Community.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2015

#BensTake: Three Things We Could Do to Bring Technology to Bear on Inequality  

To truly leverage the potential of technology to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, Philanthropy must drive solutions in more intentional ways.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Kaci Roach on Nov 16, 2015

How to Get All Students on a Path to Self-Sufficiency 

The Prepare Learning Circle in the StriveTogether Network developed an outcome recommendation for collective impact collaborative initiatives. This blog has four lessons from their journey.

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Lyell Sakaue 

Lyell Sakaue is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Current research interests include the equity impacts of information technology, public-private partnerships and innovations in governance. Before graduate studies, L…

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Nov 13, 2015

One Female Veteran's Experience: And Other #Goodreads About the State of Americ… 

This special "Veteran's Day" edition highlights the current state of our nation’s veterans, and notable work to improve outcomes for those who have served.

Blog Post Michael Isimbabi on Nov 12, 2015

After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing a… 

Part II: A Vision for an Impact Investment Fund Specifically Targeted to Distressed Communities

Blog Post Owen Stone on Nov 12, 2015

Building the i-teams Problem Solving Network 

As i-teams work to build a new practice of innovation in city government, they’re looking to others around the U.S. and across the world who are struggling with the same tough problems.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros & Jeff Raderstrong on Nov 10, 2015

Four Ways To Use Our New Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment as a Tool to Stren… 

Our free, 10 minute survey helps those engaged in cross-sector partnerships think through the development and progress of their partnership and provides immediate, tailored feedback, tools and resour…

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Matthew McClellan 

Matthew McClellan works as a research assistant and writer for the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group. Prior to joining the Ash Center, he worked for Harvard Public Affairs & Communications as part of the communications team. He holds a …

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Nov 10, 2015

Don’t Get Caught In The “Bermuda Triangle” of Cross-Sector Partnerships 

Cross-sector partnerships get stuck in not one, but THREE common places that stifle their effectiveness and success.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Alison Gold on Nov 10, 2015

Four Questions to Consider When Building a Cross-Sector Partnership’s Structure 

Like weddings, most cross-sector partnerships have greater potential for success when they are well-organized. With wedding planning in mind, we've identified four questions you and your partners sh…