Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 16, 2016

Our 2015 Annual Report: The #HereAndNow Toolbox 

Our 2015 annual report curates tools created by innovators on the front lines of social change.

Blog Post Jack Dangermond on Mar 15, 2016

Mapping the Story of Government Transparency 

Story Maps are becoming an increasingly important tool for cities to engage and inspire audiences, just as GIS is becoming an increasingly important tool for cities to understand and address the chal…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Mar 2, 2016

Living Cities’ Civic Tech Journey: An Open-Sourcing Social Change Case Study 

We set out to learn about civic technology, unsure of where our learning questions would lead us. Our open-sourced approach offered us endless opportunities to deepen our knowledge and expand our imp…

Resource on Apr 15, 2011

Data And Policy Tools To Help Cities Build Wealth 

A civic technology framework & schema for rating e-governance efforts prepared by Professor Archon Fung, Harvard Kennedy School

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 4, 2016

#BensTake: Technology as an Accelerant for Change in 2016  

Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something "very special" in 2016. In this post: the ubiquity and power of technology.

Blog Post Sam Edelstein on Jan 12, 2016

Led By Data II: More Insights from the Syracuse i-team 

Learn how the Syracuse i-team is driving a shift toward data-oriented government in their city.

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

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Elizabeth Vargas on Dec 30, 2015

Five Trends To Watch in 2016 

In 2016, we'll follow a number of trends to learn more about how promising practices might lead to dramatically better results for low-income people, faster. Five of these trends are top-of-mind in t…

Blog Post Nigel Jacob & Trip Carpenter on Dec 21, 2015

Human-Centered Design for Government 

How can thinking from the design world help cities improve the way that residents experience and interact with government?

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2015

#BensTake: Three Things We Could Do to Bring Technology to Bear on Inequality  

To truly leverage the potential of technology to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, Philanthropy must drive solutions in more intentional ways.

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Elizabeth Vargas 

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 27, 2015

#BensTake: Web Platforms, FinTech and the Community Reinvestment Act at 38 Year… 

Technology has the potential to extend the spirit and impact of the Community Reinvestment Act in ways never imagined when it was first passed into law in 1977.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 28, 2015

World Leaders Agree on Sustainable Development Goals: And other #GoodReads from… 

This week's round-up of reading recommendations highlights steps being taken improve the lives of low-income people -- from Pope Francis' call to address poverty and inequality, to efforts to accompl…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 11, 2015

Reflecting on 9/11 and the New Urban Practice: #GoodReads from Living Cities 

A Weekly Round-up of articles, videos, reports and other information that you won't want to miss.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 13, 2015

What We Learned from Launching the City Accelerator Guide 

In January 2015, we packaged our early lessons from the first City Accelerator Cohort into a Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government, and learned "what works" about sharing knowledge in r…

Blog Post Jessica Huey on Jun 29, 2015

PMI Panel Explores Open Data as a Tool for Performance Management 

Experts from the Sunlight Foundation, Socrata and Code for America engaged with city officials to explore he growing role open data is playing in local government.

Blog Post Tamir Novotny on Jun 11, 2015

New Technology Fellowship Seeks to Serve Low-Income People 

Can we put civic technology to work for low-income people? Significance Labs fellows will work to do just that, with the goal of developing a methodology that can be replicated by others.

Blog Post Catherine Bracy & Sarah Rosen Wartell on Jun 10, 2015

Introducing the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative 

A new effort to harness the transformative power of data technology to improve the lives of low-income people.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on May 28, 2015

#BensTake: Early Reflections from Our Work to Co-Create a New Urban Practice to… 

Our CEO shares his big takeaways from our #NewUrbanPractice Summit that brought together leaders, dreamers and doers for an active process of co-design around what it will take to dramatically improv…

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.