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 …
How can thinking from the design world help cities improve the way that residents experience and interact with government?
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…
As "cohorts" become an integral part of Living Cities work, one summer intern interviewed staff to surface key themes and lessons from across Living Cities' different initiatives.
At the end of October, leaders from five cities convened in Baltimore with representatives from Living Cities, the Citi Foundation and Governing to share learnings from their respective City Accelera…
Our CEO Ben Hecht asks what it will take to effectively engage people and communities in order to dramatically improve results for low-income people, especially people of color, faster.
Upcoming elections will test the sustainability of mayors’ innovation initiatives.
In January 2015, we packaged our early lessons from the first City Accelerator Cohort into a Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government, and learned "what works" about sharing knowledge in r…
Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans is solving municipal challenges and improving lives.
No stranger to hard times, Baltimore looks to new ideas to rise from the ashes.
Seattle is tapping technology to reach previously unheard from -- and often culturally diverse -- citizens.
Supporting diverse businesses is the cornerstone of the city’s plan to spark economic mobility.
After being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is creating a more effective, equitable health system and reinvigorating all segments of its community.
Atlanta is a city experiencing rapid growth. Through the City Accelerator, Atlanta aims to implement new methods of community engagement to make the city even better.
With the launch of Cohort 2 of the City Accelerator, we have an opportunity to examine how cities work in terms of social interaction in a very unique and powerful way.
Urban-Technologist-in-Residence, Nigel Jacob, suggests that local governments use Lean (or Agile) methodologies to create services that their residents actually want to use.