Blog Post Kesha Cash on Jan 18, 2017

Fixing the Economic Divide that Plagues America: Part 1 

In the first post of a two-part series, Impact America Fund Founder Kesha Cash targets the current entrepreneurial ecosystem, outlining the issues that face entrepreneurs of color and discussing how …

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 17, 2017

No Justice Without Economic Justice: #BensTake on the Legacy of Martin Luther K… 

Martin Luther King knew what we at Living Cities have come to recognize over the course of our work: that racial inequality and economic inequality in this country cannot be overcome in isolation.

Blog Post Matt Baer on Jan 4, 2017

Mayors and Schools: Accountability Without Authority 

Lessons on school governance from a year-long tour of U.S. cities.

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Jack Dangermond 

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could provide a deeper understanding of our world and help us design a better future.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Brian R. Nagendra on Dec 15, 2016

What We Learned About Collective Impact Through Raising the Blended Catalyst Fu… 

Living Cities launched the Blended Catalyst Fund, to invest in and test innovative approaches to solving urban problems. Here is some of what we learned through raising the Fund.

Blog Post Ratna Gill & Jeff Raderstrong on Dec 14, 2016

New Fund Creates a Path for Employment Opportunity in New Orleans 

The BuildNOLA Mobilization Fund will allow small businesses to grow their capacity and benefit from the numerous projects happening around New Orleans, ultimately helping to place more African-Americ…

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Black America Is Just 72 Percent Equal To White America. In Some Areas, The Ine… 

Blog Post Eric Letsinger & Mark Kim on Dec 13, 2016

The Story Behind the World’s First Environmental Impact Bond 

Intrigued by the potential of the Pay For Success model, two organizations partnered to creatively apply the model to the vexing social and health challenges of green infrastructure.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Dec 12, 2016

Video: Preparing and Connecting Communities to Employment 

Watch excerpts from an expert discussion about promising employment practices that help low-income people get on a path to economic security.

Blog Post Jill Nishi on Nov 30, 2016

Opening the Bridge to Opportunity through Education 

Our work to date has taught us the imperative of deep and deliberate engagement with educators—particularly teachers—but also parents and communities, as full partners in achieving our shared goals o…

Blog Post Dr. Michael Lomax on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Students of Color to 21st Century Job Market Demands  

Public schools are no longer legally segregated, but de facto segregation—segregation caused by housing patterns—is greater today than it was a half century ago, and research shows that schools with …

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Nov 30, 2016

The State University of New York: Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact 

Driven by our core mission to provide every New Yorker with the opportunity for a world-class higher education, we at SUNY have taken on a challenge. We have committed to becoming the change leader N…

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Steven Bosacker 

Steven Bosacker is the Director of Public Sector Innovation at Living Cities. Steven served as the City Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis for six years alongside Mayor Rybak, where he championed accountability and transparency in services acro…

Blog Post Patrick McCarthy on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Our Youths to Our Collective Future 

To ensure that all young people become productive adults, we need to actively seek out, identify and confront policies and behaviors that – intentionally or not – sideline youth of color from pathway…

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Nov 28, 2016

Realizing the Innovation Dividend 

What makes a high-performing city government?

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2016

#BensTake: Reflections on the 2016 Election 

Living Cities' CEO offers questions and initial reflections on what the election means for low-income people in America’s cities, and what it means for our work.

Blog Post Angela Glover Blackwell on Nov 16, 2016

Beyond Affordable Housing: Creating Opportunities in Every Community  

Fresh ideas, new collaborations, and important policy changes are advancing affordable housing as a platform for connecting residents to opportunity. However, re-thinking affordable housing without m…

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Kathy Brennan 

Kathy Brennan is Research and Evaluation Advisor at AARP. She is former Director of Evaluation at Living Cities, where she led the overall organizational evaluation effort at Living Cities, both overseeing the evaluation, and working with the LC tea…

Blog Post Michael Rizer on Nov 16, 2016

Homeownership as a Tool to Build Wealth 

Private/public/nonprofit partnerships will remain critical to building healthy neighborhoods and thriving cities in the future.

Blog Post Andrew Plepler on Nov 16, 2016

Finding a New Approach to Partnerships Key for the Next 25 Years 

We’ve learned from challenges and recognize that partnerships, education, and a greater role by the private sector is needed to address a more sustainable approach to housing for diverse communities