Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 16, 2015

Three Ways to Revive the American Dream for a New Majority  

A new poll finds that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are optimistic about their future prospects and ability to achieve The American Dream. Our CEO, Ben Hecht, wants to take that optimism and turn it i…

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & R.T. Rybak on Sep 9, 2015

Mayors and Schools: The Key Relationship to Ensuring Quality Urban Education 

Living Cities is hitting the road with former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to learn about the complex relationships between mayors and urban school systems.

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 14, 2015

#AgeOfLiteracy: The Promise of Cross-Sector Collaboration 

At a moment in which collaboration is becoming the new competition, The StrivePartnership promises to catalyze lasting change in the education space through collective impact.

Blog Post Jeff Edmondson on Apr 2, 2015

Building Upon What Works for a Brighter Future 

To build a new urban practice, community partnerships involved in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network are using a data-driven collective impact approach to ensure every child in their communi…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 4, 2015

#BensTake: Majority of Public School Students Now in Poverty 

Our CEO, Ben Hecht, shares his take on a recent study that indicates most public school children live in poverty. Part of our new blog series, #BensTake.

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Jan 14, 2015

Three Transformational Ways Universities Can Support the Success of Every Stude… 

To achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster, colleges and universities must broaden college access like never before and speed degree completion.

Blog Post Paul Grogan on Jan 8, 2015

Coaching Students to Post-Secondary Success 

The Boston Foundation joined public and private partners around the city to launch the Success Boston College Completion Initiative, with the audacious goal to double the college completion rate for …

Blog Post Cynthia Jaggi on Dec 2, 2014

The Disconnect between Education and Life 

To achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster we need to collectively rethink education.

Blog Post Noël Harmon on Oct 27, 2014

Announcing the Million Dollar Talent Dividend Prize 

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the National Talent Dividend Network will gather in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Talent Dividend Initiative and announce the $1 million winner of the Prize compet…

Blog Post Alex Meis on Oct 9, 2014

Closing the Achievement Gap with Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

We, as education leaders, from policymakers to entrepreneurs, are failing a striking number our nation’s students.

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Katy Silliman on Oct 2, 2014

Announcing the Launch of a Collective Impact Workforce Initiative 

Living Cities and StriveTogether are supporting 5 communities in their Collective Impact efforts to address local workforce challenges.

Blog Post Jeff Edmondson & Ben Hecht on Sep 9, 2014

Defining Quality Collective Impact 

Collective impact is at a strategic inflection point. To realize its promise, we need to define in concrete terms what “quality collective impact” really means.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas & Nadia Owusu on Aug 20, 2014

The State of Inequality 50 Years After The Economic Opportunity Act 

August 20th, 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Economic Opportunity Act. To mark this milestone, we gathered some data and writing on the state of inequality and the War on Poverty.

Blog Post on Jul 30, 2014

Working to Re-Engineer Education, Cradle to Career 

Unless we fix education, we cannot fix inequality, so Living Cities is working with cross-sector leaders in cities to re-engineer education, cradle to career.

Blog Post Charles Rutheiser on May 20, 2014

What Can Cities Do To Promote Greater Economic Opportunity? 

The question we need to be asking ourselves is: what can cities do to promote a broader sense of opportunity for all of their citizens?

Blog Post Emily Garr Pacetti on May 15, 2014

WANTED: Job, Training and a Bus Pass 

Like many civic leaders across the country, we are looking for solutions that allow us to deploy our resources most strategically in order to prepare people for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias on May 7, 2014

Rethinking Workforce Development for the 21st Century 

Blog Post Alyson Wise & Edwin Torres on May 6, 2014

Tackling the Youth Unemployment Crisis 

As of March 2014, the unemployment rate for youth aged 16-24 was over 14%, and last year 5.8 million young people were both not in school and out of work. The Rockefeller Foundation is working to cha…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Apr 4, 2014

Celebrating the First Three Years of the Integration Initiative 

In the first 3 years of the Integration Initiative, we gleaned important lessons on realigning institutions across issues, sectors, and disciplines. We also have seen significant evidence pointing to…

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Sara Draper-Zivetz on Mar 7, 2014

Free Community College: How the Public Sector Can Help Prepare Low-Income Peopl… 

Examining the potential for free community college to improve pathways to opportunity for low-income people,

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 5, 2014

My Brother's Keeper: The Urgency of Now 

Blog Post Alison Gold on Feb 21, 2014

Building Will Around Collaboration 

Blog Post Alison Gold on Feb 19, 2014

What Does It Take to Learn to Collaborate?