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.

Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 19, 2015

Four Lessons on Relationships, Trust and Shared Learning in Cohorts  

How can multi-site cohorts build relationships and trust, and facilitate shared learning? One intern shares four lessons from Living Cities seven year history of working with cohorts across cities an…

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Alison Gold on Nov 10, 2015

Four Questions to Consider When Building a Cross-Sector Partnership’s Structure 

Like weddings, most cross-sector partnerships have greater potential for success when they are well-organized. With wedding planning in mind, we've identified four questions you and your partners sh…

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Nov 10, 2015

Don’t Get Caught In The “Bermuda Triangle” of Cross-Sector Partnerships 

Cross-sector partnerships get stuck in not one, but THREE common places that stifle their effectiveness and success.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Oct 20, 2015

How to Successfully Plan for Collective Impact 

After a year of planning, we are proud to announce an expansion of The Integration Initiative and share three things we learned along the way.

Blog Post Jennifer Perkins on Oct 7, 2015

Journey to Results: Using Data to Drive Decisions 

During our upcoming Learning Community, partnerships in the Integration Initiative will leverage local data to drive decisions. Two New York Times articles set the stage for that conversation.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 5, 2015

#BensTake: The Three Biggest Obstacles to Making Cities Work for Everyone 

Three quotes from the most recent Project on Municipal Innovation convening helped bring some of today’s biggest challenges into clearer focus for our CEO, Ben Hecht. Now, he highlights important sol…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 1, 2015

Introducing the New LivingCities.Org 

Our "new" website celebrated its first birthday in September! For #ThrowbackThursday, take a look at what we were thinking when we launched this "hub" for open-sourcing social change last year.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Sep 24, 2015

The Collective Impact Funders' Manifesto  

With football season starting, Ty Boyea-Robinson decided to use her fantasy football skills to create a Manifesto that will build successful relationship between collective impact funders and grantee…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 18, 2015

Cities Are Units of Change: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities 

Our weekly round-up of reading recommendations focuses on articles that illustrate what we believe are the core elements of a new urban practice.

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 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 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 Kirsten Wysen on Sep 8, 2015

Don’t Succumb to the Siren Song of Outcomes Without the Guidance of a North Star 

When you think of outcomes as mile-markers on your journey to a shared result, you can better design solutions that get dramatically better results, system wide.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 2, 2015

Baltimore, Race and the New Urban Practice 

Living Cities' staff reflect on the riots that shook Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death and, more broadly, on the series of recent events that have put America’s racial divide front and center in t…

Blog Post Dan Duncan on Sep 1, 2015

Effective Collective Impact Starts with a Clear, Common Purpose  

Effective collective impact must start with a clear, common purpose developed through an open process that brings around the table all of the players necessary for true impact and results.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Aug 24, 2015

'Saving Gotham: Transforming America’s Cities' at South-by-Southwest 2016 

Living Cities wants to share our experiences and lessons at South-by-Southwest Interactive 2016. Your vote will determine if our session gets selected.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 21, 2015

Social Change Is About People: Weekly #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

This weekly round-up of 'must-read' articles showcases a variety of perspectives on and approaches to social change work with people at their core.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Aug 12, 2015

Results Based Accountability Offers a Disciplined Way to Improve Decision-Makin… 

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and the community as a whole.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jul 31, 2015

#GoodReads: Partners Find Strategies for Change Greater Than the Sum of Their P… 

A look at how our members and partners in the field are blending and applying three strategies that we believe are core to achieving dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jul 28, 2015

#BensTake: Change Isn’t the Greatest Political Challenge; Sustaining It Is 

What does it take to sustain change that gets dramatically better results for low-income people? Living Cities CEO reacts to an op-ed by former Bogotá, Colombia Mayor, Antanas Mockus.