Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Jeff Raderstrong on Mar 21, 2016

What Does It Take To Achieve Collective Impact? (March Edition) 

A new blog series shares what Living Cities’ Collective Impact team is learning about how to best support practitioners and implement the principles of collective impact.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Mar 18, 2016

Open-Sourcing Social Change: Help Us to Build a Solutions Toolbox 

For the last three years, we have been thinking very differently about our annual reports, focusing them on engaging folks around ideas, insights, trends, and questions. We learned a lot from our exp…

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.

Resource on Feb 26, 2016

Meeting Icebreakers 

Think Icebreakers are touchy-feely? Think again! The right icebreaker can profoundly change the tone of a meeting. Our "Meeting Icebreaker" resource provides a list of recommended icebreakers that can help you build a positive team culture.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Mar 15, 2016

Applying a Racial Equity and Inclusion Lens to Collective Impact 

Racial equity and inclusion are integral to collective impact’s core principles. Partnerships must make a commitment to applying a racial equity and inclusion lens throughout its work, in order to ac…

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Feb 26, 2016

Collective Impact #ToolBox: Icebreakers 

Think icebreakers are touchy-feely? Think again. The right icebreaker can profoundly change the tone of a meeting.

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A Short Guide to Impact Investing 

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Feb 11, 2016

Want to Achieve Collective Impact? Accept That There Is an “I” in Team 

In order to achieve impact at scale, it will come down to individuals changing their behavior to achieve a community-level goal.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Jan 27, 2016

Aligning Allies and Contributions: Using Results Based Accountability to Create… 

Albuquerque Integration Initiative partners value Results Based Accountability as a roadmap to take action, and join together in responsibility, ownership and results.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 26, 2016

#BensTake: Cities 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. Today: The promise of cities.

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Sindhu Lakshmanan  

Sindhu Lakshmanan focuses primarily on Pay for Success. She also supports the management of Living Cities' Catalyst and Blended Catalyst Funds.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 19, 2016

On Martin Luther King Day, Racial Equity and Inclusion in Action 

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this compilation of blogs will empower you to take action advancing racial equity and inclusion in your work.

Resource on Dec 15, 2015

Collective Impact Literature Review 

A comprehensive overview of the current topics covered within collective impact literature, and the trends and gaps in the collective impact field.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 14, 2016

#BensTake: The Four Accelerants for Change To Watch in 2016  

Will we look back at 2016 and see it as a year of rapid change in U.S. cities? Living Cities' CEO, Ben Hecht, thinks so because of four, unique "accelerants." The first: public will for a more equita…

Blog Post Kurt Sommer on Jan 12, 2016

Lessons from Five Years of Economic Inclusion and Partnership in Baltimore 

Multiple players from across sectors must come together differently to address the socio-economic challenges and take advantage of opportunities for dramatically better results in Baltimore.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 7, 2016

#BensTake: Can Local Government Innovation Stick?  

A municipal innovation movement is gaining steam across the U.S. From the work of our City Accelerator's first cohort, Living Cities CEO, Ben Hecht, outlines three trends that he sees as critical to …

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Dec 25, 2015

#GoodReads on Low-Income Families, The Holidays and Progress in the Year to Com… 

Low-Income families face many challenges over the holidays. Our special, Christmas round-up of reading recommendations focuses on the myriad efforts underway to support low-income people and achieve …

Resource on Nov 10, 2015

Wedding Seating Chart Exercise 

This short and simple exercise is designed to help cross-sector partnerships think through who they should be engaging, and in what ways, in order to achieve their shared result.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Dec 18, 2015

Racial Gaps, Mission Based Makeovers and Other #GoodReads from Living Cities 

This week, a reflective round-up of reading recommendations that you won’t want to miss!

Blog Post Neil Britto on Dec 17, 2015

The Evolving Roles of Local Government: Insights from Boston’s Innovation Distr… 

The public sector played a key role in the development of Boston’s Innovation District. What can be learned from its cross-sector and entrepreneurial approach?

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Nov 26, 2015

Living Cities Gives Thanks to Our Partners  

This holiday season, our staff express their thanks for our members and partners who have contributed to the hard work of building a new urban practice.

Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 20, 2015

Four Lessons You Can Apply To Build and Manage Cohorts  

One intern shares Living Cities key lessons' from our seven year history of building, managing and convening multi-site cohorts across our portfolio.