Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 23, 2017

#BensTake: Breaking Down Barriers for Entrepreneurs of Color 

People of color face a host of unique hurdles to starting businesses. Targeted solutions across the country are ensuring that everyone can participate in the full extent of the promise of entrepreneu…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 14, 2017

#BensTake: Three Truths that will Spark Urgency in the Post-Truth Environment 

There’s much work to be done to rebuild a dynamic economy that creates equitable opportunities for all Americans. To do so, we first need an understanding of the challenges that’s grounded in truth a…

Blog Post May Samali on Feb 7, 2017

Mapping the Money (Part 1): The Capital Landscape for Early-Stage Purpose-Drive… 

May Samali, Director at Tumml, provides an in-depth look at how early-stage purpose-driven businesses are raising capital, and highlights the “pioneer gap” they face in their startup phase.

Blog Post Kesha Cash on Jan 25, 2017

Fixing the Economic Divide that Plagues America: Part 2 

Blog Post Kesha Cash on Jan 18, 2017

Fixing the Economic Divide that Plagues America: Part 1 

In the first post of a two-part series, Impact America Fund Founder Kesha Cash targets the current entrepreneurial ecosystem, outlining the issues that face entrepreneurs of color and discussing how …

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 17, 2017

No Justice Without Economic Justice: #BensTake on the Legacy of Martin Luther K… 

Martin Luther King knew what we at Living Cities have come to recognize over the course of our work: that racial inequality and economic inequality in this country cannot be overcome in isolation.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Brian R. Nagendra on Dec 15, 2016

What We Learned About Collective Impact Through Raising the Blended Catalyst Fu… 

Living Cities launched the Blended Catalyst Fund, to invest in and test innovative approaches to solving urban problems. Here is some of what we learned through raising the Fund.

Blog Post Patrick McCarthy on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Our Youths to Our Collective Future 

To ensure that all young people become productive adults, we need to actively seek out, identify and confront policies and behaviors that – intentionally or not – sideline youth of color from pathway…

Blog Post Jill Nishi on Nov 30, 2016

Opening the Bridge to Opportunity through Education 

Our work to date has taught us the imperative of deep and deliberate engagement with educators—particularly teachers—but also parents and communities, as full partners in achieving our shared goals o…

Blog Post Xavier De Souza Briggs on Oct 26, 2016

Inclusive Capitalism Goes Local 

Five ways to make capitalism more inclusive and create opportunity for all.

Blog Post Amy Liu on Oct 6, 2016

Prioritizing Job Quality 

By adopting a vigorous and sustained focus on creating quality jobs and connecting workers to them, private sector leaders and social change advocates can engage the market economy to produce better …

Blog Post Brandee McHale on Sep 22, 2016

Philanthropy’s Moment: Enabling and Protecting the Financial Futures of America… 

Three principles can help philanthropy create financial stability for the futures of American families.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 21, 2016

Join our 9/27 Virtual Event on Closing the Racial Gaps  

On our 25th Anniversary, Living Cities will host a Virtual Event to honor the good work done over the past quarter century, reflect back on the progress that has been made, and most importantly, look…

Blog Post Rip Rapson on Sep 21, 2016

Philanthropy Must Increasingly Become Comfortable in Engaging the Changes and A… 

Philanthropy has acted boldly in Detroit to re-imagine the city’s future, and has contributed to a larger conversation in cities across the nation about how we can collectively confront and overcome …

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 15, 2016

A Signature Moment for Harnessing Capitalism and Private Capital to Address Rac… 

We are at a unique moment in time in our country where we need to harness capitalism and private capital in new and transformative ways to close racial gaps in income and wealth. The essays in this s…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 13, 2016

New Blog Series: A Signature Moment for Closing the Racial Opportunity Gaps in … 

Our new blog series, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, will highlight ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial op…

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 28, 2016

What We Can Learn From Bob’s General Store 

It's time for a capitalist renaissance in which companies reconnect with their communities and return to a culture of “business commons.”

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 21, 2016

A Different Kind of Entrepreneur 

For a Values-Driven Entrepreneur, the sheer act of pursuing purpose opens the door not only for opportunities but for the resources needed to take advantage of them.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jul 18, 2016

#BensTake: After Dallas, America Must Address Economic Opportunity 

To strengthen relationships among different racial groups in America, we must address economic disparities between whites and people of color.

Blog Post Mary Kay Bailey on Jun 14, 2016

My Seven-Year Ride on the Green Line  

Linking the downtowns of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the 11-mile Light Rail Transit (LRT) Green Line is creating benefits “beyond the rail” for residents, businesses, and neighborhoods.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Richard Edwards on Jun 9, 2016

How the Pay For Success Construction Loan Can Expand Social Impact [INFOGRAPHIC] 

Upfront costs pose a barrier to getting Pay for Success deals off the ground. We've illustrated how the new "Construction Loan" will address those barriers and create opportunity to scale Pay for Suc…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on May 20, 2016

Ben's Take: Vote No on Senate Bill 288 to Ensure Economic Opportunity for New O… 

A ‘no’ vote on Senate Bill 288, being considered by the House Committee on Transportation and Public Works in the Louisiana State Legislature, is important to Louisiana and the struggling citizens of…

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Bradford Frost on Apr 4, 2016

The Evolution of Collective Impact in Detroit 

After five years as part of The Integration Initiative, the Detroit Corridor Initiative will move forward by working with Living Cities on their capital strategies.

Blog Post Jennifer Perkins on Mar 18, 2016

Achieving Change: Just Do It TOGETHER 

Integration Initiative partners will come together for a "Learning Community" to mobilize and energize each other, and work toward eliminating barriers to economic opportunity for their residents.