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by Elizabeth Vargas on May 22, 2015

#GoodReads for City Leaders Seeking Lasting Change  

Insights from the 13th Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group convening on reinvigorating local democracy through community and civic engagement practices

Blog Post Benjamin Shaffer on May 20, 2015

Engaging Everyone 

In a session with Harvard's Archon Fung, city leaders explored empowered participation and democracy, and what it takes to authentically engage citizens.

Blog Post Tim McNaught on May 19, 2015

Amplifying Community Voices 

At a March PMI-AG convening, city leaders discussed ways local government can engage with communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in decision-making.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 15, 2015

#GoodReads on the Key Elements of a New Urban Practice  

At a recent convening, members of our problem-solving network surfaced some hot topics that changemakers working to build a new urban practice should explore.

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Amy Chung 

Amy managed the Catalyst Fund, Living Cities' impact investing fund and leads the Living Cities Connect work, a cross-disciplinary effort focused on increasing the number of low-income individuals connected to opportunity. She now currently works wi…

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 13, 2015

#NewUrbanPractice: Join a May 20 Twitter Chat on Advancing Racial Equity and In… 

Our May 20 Twitter conversation will explore ways to advance racial equity and inclusion to get dramatically better results for low-income people, especially people of color.

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As America Diversifies, So Should Government Jobs From Top to Bottom 

Blog Post Steve Goldsmith on May 12, 2015

Why Benchmarking Matters for Open Data 

Cities who are serious about the move toward open data are learning how to benchmark themselves against others.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 8, 2015

Three #GoodReads on How to Get Dramatically Better Results for Low-Income People 

We work to build a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people. Now, we're sharing three different perspectives on what it might take to get there.

Blog Post Rip Rapson on May 7, 2015

What We Can Learn from Detroit 

Detroit's resilience through bankruptcy revealed three overarching principles that are applicable to other cities facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Blog Post Elodie Baquerot on May 5, 2015

Three Lessons on How to Accelerate Your Impact by Sharing Knowledge 

The three year evaluation of Living Cities’ signature collective impact initiative provides lessons on how to accelerate impact through knowledge sharing.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 4, 2015

#NewUrbanPractice: Join a May 8 Twitter Chat About Expanding Impact Investing  

As part of a series of Twitter Chats, we’ll talk with changemakers about expanding the field of impact investing to get dramatically better results for low-income people.

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Maura Fitzgerald 

Maura Fitzgerald is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 1, 2015

#GoodReads: Reflections and Perspectives on the Events in Baltimore  

As America processes the ongoing protests and unrest in Baltimore this week, our staff have taken time to reflect and share a series of articles that present thoughtful, nuanced perspectives.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 30, 2015

Baltimore, Race and the New Urban Practice 

Living Cities' staff reflect on the riots that have shaken Baltimore over the past few days and, more broadly, on the series of recent events that have put America’s racial divide front and center in…

Blog Post Charles Chieppo on Apr 29, 2015

Government in Your Pocket 

Denver's pocketgov brings municipal government closer to residents, saves money and reduces wait times for those whose issues require a call to the municipality.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Apr 28, 2015

Entrepreneurship for Social Change: Foresight, Courage and Persistence 

Harnessing social entrepreneurship can change inefficient systems and create large-scale change.

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Elodie Baquerot 

Elodie leads organization-wide operations and strategic planning efforts to make Living Cities' strategic vision a reality. She oversees the implementation of a performance, results-oriented culture; ensures that systems and infrastructure support t…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Apr 27, 2015

#NewUrbanPractice: May 1 Twitter Chat on Harnessing Data and Technology to Impr… 

On May 1, join a Twitter Chat to explore ways to leverage data and technology as part of a #NewUrbanPractice geared toward getting dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 27, 2015

Process is the New Program: The Road to Enduring Change 

Living Cities CEO, Ben Hecht on our exciting new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and i-teams in cities around the country and in Israel.