Blog Post April Urban on Nov 16, 2017

Powering Social Change with Data and Tech in Northeast Ohio 

Data and information can be harnessed to power social change.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 15, 2017

#BensTake: 5 Elements for Creating Inclusive Economies 

Five key elements that must be central to any efforts to build inclusive economies.

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Nov 7, 2017

#GoodReads: Blogs We're Reading on Racial Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

Person Louisville Metro Government

Ted Smith 

Ted Smith was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer as the Chief of Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Economic Growth & Innovation. Ted’s efforts include the 2012 IBM Smarter City Challenge-winning adoption of Asthmapolis sensor inhalers across Loui…

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & Owen Stone on Nov 6, 2017

Living Cities and Governing Magazine Launch 2017 Equipt to Innovate Survey 

Take this year's Equipt to Innovate survey to see where your city stands on these 7 elements of good governance.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 26, 2017

#BensTake: What's Next for Municipal Innovation? 

3 key lessons help chart a path forward for anyone wanting to support the next phase of the municipal innovation movement.

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The New Geographers: How Detroiters Are Mapping a Better Future for the City 

Blog Post Ratna Gill & Hafizah Omar on Oct 25, 2017

What We're Learning About Entrepreneurship as a Job Creation Strategy 

We looked at hundreds of initiatives focused on accelerating entrepreneurship and small business growth, and these are the common themes that emerged.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Oct 25, 2017

My Equation for Systems Change Results 

I challenge collective impact teams working in service of better results for people, especially people who have been marginalized for generations, to consider this formula as a frame to guide their w…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 24, 2017

#BensTake: Making Order Out of Chaos 

Today, municipal innovation is a movement that has taken hold in cities across the country. But our work isn't over.

Blog Post Bob Gradeck & Eleanor Tutt on Oct 19, 2017

Pittsburgh's Data Day: Using Civic Data to Spark Hands-on Community Engagement  

Even if you have a wealth of public data, it can be a struggle to engage diverse stakeholders who could use that information to improve their community. Pittsburgh's Data Days are designed to tackle …

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on Oct 3, 2017

Capital as a Driver of Systemic Change: An Example from Albuquerque 

What do wolves and capital innovation have in common? Read this deep dive into Albuquerque’s InnovateABQ project as an example of multiple capital sources driving catalytic change.

Person Social Finance

Casey A. Littlefield  

Casey A. Littlefield is a Director of Social Investment at Social Finance

Blog Post Joseph Sutkowi on Sep 19, 2017

Four Innovative Procurement Tactics Cities are Using to Increase Equity 

Making procurement more equitable can be challenging. See what four cities are doing to increase contracts and participation with businesses owned by people of color.

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly on Sep 14, 2017

Five Elements of Effective Collaboration for Investors 

Our new Managing Director of the Catalyst Loan Funds reflects on her first couple of months at Living Cities, sharing her thoughts on how those in the investment world can more effectively collaborat…

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on Sep 8, 2017

The Wolf of Social Impact: How We Use Capital as a Driver of Systemic Change 

What do gray wolves and capital innovation have in common? Explore the similarities we see in this thinkpiece.

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Aug 16, 2017

#GoodReads: Books We're Reading on Racial Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

Person Deutsche Bank

Jim Baek 

Jim Baek is a Director at Deutsche Bank where he heads the Community Development Finance Group and oversees the bank’s lending, investing and philanthropy for community development and impact in the U.S.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 14, 2017

Facing Down Racial Terror 

Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht responds to the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

Blog Post Santiago Carrillo on Aug 10, 2017

The Rise of Resident Leaders in Mockus’ Bogotá: How A Spirit of “Civic Culture”… 

What we can learn from Antanas Mockus’ first term as Mayor of Bogotá about the importance of resident leadership and trust in local government for delivering better results to urban populations.