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by Ben Hecht on Sep 2, 2015

Baltimore, Race and the New Urban Practice 

Living Cities' staff reflect on the riots that shook Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death and, more broadly, on the series of recent events that have put America’s racial divide front and center in the nation’s consciousness.

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Sep 1, 2015

Creative Placemaking and the Burden of Data: #GoodReads from the i-teams 

This week, we bring you another edition of #GoodReads shared by the Innovation Teams (i-teams).

Blog Post Dan Duncan on Sep 1, 2015

Effective Collective Impact Starts with a Clear, Common Purpose  

Effective collective impact must start with a clear, common purpose developed through an open process that brings around the table all of the players necessary for true impact and results.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Aug 31, 2015

Mayors Come and Go, But Good Ideas Should Stick 

Upcoming elections will test the sustainability of mayors’ innovation initiatives.

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Jill Nishi 

Jill Nishi serves as Director, Office of the President and Chief of Staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, overseeing Special Initiative grant making and managing the overall operations for our United States Program.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos on Aug 24, 2015

'Saving Gotham: Transforming America’s Cities' at South-by-Southwest 2016 

Living Cities wants to share our experiences and lessons at South-by-Southwest Interactive 2016. Your vote will determine if our session gets selected.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 21, 2015

Social Change Is About People: Weekly #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

This weekly round-up of 'must-read' articles showcases a variety of perspectives on and approaches to social change work with people at their core.

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Innovation Teams 

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 20, 2015

Lightning Round: The Challenge of Community Engagement 

We asked the Innovation Teams how they are working with community members to gather information and generate novel ideas.

Blog Post Laura Ravinder on Aug 20, 2015

How Newark’s Collective Impact Initiative Thrived From Booker to Baraka 

Political transitions test the strength of local collective impact efforts. Learn how Newark's initiative survived and thrived as Mayor Cory Booker left office and Mayor Ras Baraka stepped in.

Blog Post Yonah Freemark on Aug 19, 2015

For Urban Living that Benefits All, Cities Need a Comprehensive Strategy 

As Chicago grows around its transit systems, the city is working to ensure that development can expand equity of access rather than contract it.

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 18, 2015

Urban Analytics, Cognitive Biases, and the Speed of Trust: i-teams #GoodReads 

This week, we bring you another edition of #GoodReads shared by the Innovation Teams as they tackle the biggest issues facing city governments.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 18, 2015

#BensTake: How to Build a New Type of Urban Practice: Analyzing NLC’s Economic … 

Findings from the National League of Cities' 2015 Local Economic Conditions report highlight three opportunity areas where we can focus our attention to get dramatically better results for low-income…


Daniel Bassichis 

Dan is the co-founder of Admiral Center and Admiral Capital Group, a real estate private equity firm. Prior to forming Admiral Capital Group he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He is also the founder of investment pa…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 14, 2015

#GoodReads: Breaking Silos, Community Engagement and Other Ways to Work Togethe… 

Our weekly round-up of articles and information focuses on different ways cities and leaders from across sectors can work together differently to achieve dramatically better results for low-income pe…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 13, 2015

What We Learned from Launching the City Accelerator Guide 

In January 2015, we packaged our early lessons from the first City Accelerator Cohort into a Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government, and learned "what works" about sharing knowledge in r…

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Aug 12, 2015

The City of No-Frills Innovation 

Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans is solving municipal challenges and improving lives.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Aug 12, 2015

Results Based Accountability Offers a Disciplined Way to Improve Decision-Makin… 

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and the community as a whole.

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Xavier De Souza Briggs 

Xavier (“Xav”) de Souza Briggs is vice president of the foundation’s Economic Opportunity and Assets program. He leads the foundation’s work promoting economic fairness, advancing sustainable development, and building just and inclusive cities in th…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Aug 11, 2015

Place, Opportunity, and the Sharing Economy: #GoodReads from the Innovation Tea… 

Innovation Teams shared #GoodReads about the intersection of place and opportunity and a unique project in South Korean aimed at promoting a sharing economy.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 11, 2015

#BensTake: Asset Building and the Path to a "Universal Fix" to Poverty 

To break cycles of poverty, we need to double-down on how we help people to build their assets, thinking beyond homeownership, to develop new asset-building strategies that increase wealth and transf…