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 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 Ben Hecht on Jun 20, 2017

Bright Spots in a Darkened Landscape 

By partnering with universities to leverage data and technology, cities continue to emerge as bright spots of innovation. They're leading the way in tackling today's most intractable problems.

Blog Post John Cruz, MUP & Laura Kinsell-Baer on May 4, 2017

Court Data in St. Louis County: Sharing Sensitively 

A civic tech collaborative from St. Louis has developed a solution to help non-violent traffic offenders trapped in the court system.

Blog Post Kathryn Pettit & Christopher Whitaker on Nov 1, 2016

The Civic Tech and Data Collaborative: Who We Are 

Meet the organizations and cities that make up the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.

Blog Post Alex Torpey on Aug 30, 2016

Employing Youth: Building a Summer Jobs Program with Young People 

A civic technology partnership in Boston is transforming the way young people find summer employment.

Blog Post Ed Blayney on Jul 19, 2016

Using #CivicTech to Stop Fires in Vacant Properties 

The Louisville City Accelerator team reflects on a hackathon that created a low-cost wireless smoke detector.

Blog Post Christopher Whitaker on Jun 6, 2016

Tech is Hard, Governing is Harder. Lend a Hand. 

Learn how civic hackathons are leading to breakthrough innovations.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on May 31, 2016

Collective Impact #Toolbox: Practitioner Toolkits 

Are you overwhelmed when trying to find tools and resources that best address your needs? The new #HereAndNow Toolbox, a searchable hub for practitioners, makes finding the right tool easy.

Blog Post Needham Hurst & Elizabeth Reynoso on May 31, 2016

How Cities are Rethinking Summer Jobs 

Cities are using new approaches and partnerships to maximize the impact of summer jobs programs.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & Sarah Welsh on Apr 13, 2016

Innovating in World Megacities: A Search for Stories 

What lessons can world megacities teach us about urban innovation?

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…

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.

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.

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.