In 2010, through the Integration Initiative (TII), Living Cities set out to work with a 'coalition of the willing'- a cross-sector group of leaders from a limited number of cities - committed to learning how to achieve needle moving outcomes for low-income people. Our CEO shares some of the biggest lessons from the first three years of the initiative.

In 2010, through the Integration Initiative (TII), Living Cities set out to work with a ‘coalition of the willing’- a cross-sector group of leaders from a limited number of cities - committed to learning how to achieve needle moving outcomes for low-income people. Each site incorporated four high-impact strategies into their work:

(1) move beyond delivering programs and instead focus on transforming systems; (2) build a resilient civic infrastructure where decision-makers from across sectors and jurisdictions formally and work together to address complex social problems, a framework now often referred to as collective impact; (3) bring disruptive innovations into the mainstream and redirect funds away from obsolete and ineffective approaches toward what works; and (4) supplement traditional government and philanthropic funding streams by driving the private market to work on behalf of low-income people.

In this article, our President and CEO Ben Hecht shares Reflections on Living Cities' Integration Initiative from the first three years of the initiative and explores how we can apply these lessons to the next phase of TII.

Resource Document: TII Midterm Outcomes Evaluation Report
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