Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso & Ben Hecht on Jun 27, 2018

Realizing the Potential of Data, Tech and Local Government Collaboration 

Today we're launching a suite of resources based on the lessons of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, for other communities looking to harness the potential of this type of cross-sector collabora…

Blog Post Laura McKieran on May 23, 2018

Building a City-Wide Culture of Data in San Antonio 

In San Antonio, diverse community members are coming together to realize their vision of a better quality of life for residents by increasing the transparency, quality and accessibility of community …

Blog Post Alicia Rouault on Apr 6, 2018

Meeting Youth Where They’re At: A User-Centered Approach to Boston's Summer Job… 

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso on Mar 28, 2018

The Power of Ecosystems for Problem-Solving 

What do biological ecosystems have to do with promoting social change? In our work, using the metaphor of ecosystems has been a powerful tool for taking on complex and evolving problems.

Blog Post John Cruz, MUP & Laura Kinsell-Baer on Feb 22, 2018

Engaging Hard to Reach Users in Designing Civic Tech  

Designing useful tech solutions requires working "with, not for" the community to solve problems. A civic tech and data collaborative in St. Louis reflects on how they engaged their end users—residen…

Blog Post Louise Carter & Elaine Albertson on Jan 22, 2018

5 Lessons for Harnessing Data and Tech to Meet Community Needs 

A community data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on lessons learned in bridging between data, tech, and community-based organizations.

Blog Post Louise Carter & Elaine Albertson on Jan 18, 2018

Leveraging Data to Address Community Needs in King County 

A longtime data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on opportunities to partner with tech and leverage data for big-picture change.

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…