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by Jeff Raderstrong on Mar 3, 2015

The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact: An E-Course 

Our new, free e-course will help collective impact initiatives better understand why and how to work with community members.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Mar 6, 2015

Four Lessons from Three Years of Building a New Urban Practice in American Citi… 

Lessons from Living Cities' nine-city Integration Initiative that aims to dramatically improve the lives of low-income people in America's cities.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 5, 2015

#BensTake: Harnessing the Promise of Impact Investing So it Lands in Places 

BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, has created an impact investing platform. How do we ensure that this new money lands where it is needed most—in embattled, low-income communities?

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Mar 4, 2015

How Can Millennials Help to Build a 21st Century Social Change Movement? 

How millennials, as the most diverse generation in US history and the generation that came up in the internet age, are uniquely positioned to harness technology to work for social change.

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Mark Swartz  

Mark Swartz is a Founder of the Lever Fund. He is a writer and communicator who helps nonprofit organizations tell their stories.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Feb 27, 2015

The Performance Imperative: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

A weekly round-up of articles, resources and information that you won't want to miss!

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Julie Nelson on Feb 26, 2015

Four Entry Points for Local Governments Looking to Further Racial Equity  

In this third installment of an interview with Julie Nelson, she shares advice on entry points for other governments interested in taking on racial equity work.

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Donating Data Could Be New Philanthropic Frontier 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 26, 2015

#BensTake: It’s the Economy (and The Future of Our Democracy), Stupid 

A landmark 1997 study exposed the racial wealth gap. In the past 20 years, has anything changed?

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Julie Nelson on Feb 25, 2015

How to Advance Equity through Government Innovation 

In this second installment of an interview with Julie Nelson, she explains how local government can help advance racial equity and offers advice for jurisdictions considering taking on this work.

Blog Post Christian Bason on Feb 25, 2015

Evaluating Policy Takes Too Long: Here's What You Can Do About It 

How governments are increasingly leveraging lean and human-centered design approaches to improve complex policies.

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Julie Nelson on Feb 24, 2015

Why Government Can Be a Powerful Force for Equity 

In the first of a three part series, Julie Nelson of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity explains how local government can advance racial equity and eliminate racial disparities.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Feb 20, 2015

The Importance of Making Meaning of Social Change Data: And Other #GoodReads fr… 

Living Cities' staff is constantly scanning the media and field for ideas, insights, and information that are relevant to our work, and the work of our problem solving network. Here are a few article…

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Maura Fitzgerald 

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

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 20, 2015

#BensTake: The Promise and Pitfalls of Tech Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy 

Is philanthropy’s ascendant class of tech entrepreneurs a timely boon for the field? It’s complicated.

Blog Post Nigel Jacob on Feb 19, 2015

Making City Hall Leaner 

Urban-Technologist-in-Residence, Nigel Jacob, suggests that local governments use Lean (or Agile) methodologies to create services that their residents actually want to use.

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Frank Mirabal on Feb 18, 2015

Unmuting the Voice of Youth of Color to Help Lead Social Change 

We spoke with Dr. Frank Mirabal from the Office of Mayor Berry to learn about Albuquerque’s efforts to engage young men of color as participants in local efforts to improve life outcomes for all yout…

Blog Post Theresa Gardella on Feb 17, 2015

Community Engagement’s Inner Circle: Making Investments Where They Count 

Learn how the Building the Field of Community Engagement (BTF) collaborative helps foundations and other stakeholders achieve greater impact.


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Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Feb 13, 2015

Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cit… 

A weekly round-up of news articles and information from the social sector that you won’t want to miss!

Blog Post Brian R. Nagendra & Karin Brandt on Feb 13, 2015

Passing the Torch: Boston’s Olympic Opportunity to Shape a More Equitable Future 

The impact of an Olympic bid for Boston is debated, but what we know is that we can take this major opportunity that drives new investment as an opportunity to envision the future of our communities.