Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 23, 2015

From Civic Engagement to Meaningful Engagement 

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.

Blog Post Nigel Jacob on Feb 19, 2015

Making City Hall Leaner 

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.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Feb 12, 2015

Measuring Storytelling for Social Change: What’s the Special Sauce? 

Our Assistant Director of Strategic Communications and Storytelling introduces our work to measure what works and what doesn't in terms of Open Sourcing Social Change.

Blog Post Nigel Jacob on Jan 6, 2015

Four Key Challenges Facing Local Government Innovators 

The selection of the first City Accelerator cohort surfaced four key tensions that our outstanding finalists, and many other cities, are struggling with in the work to make innovation course-of-busin…

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Oct 31, 2014

Eight Exciting Innovations in Cities 

A few examples of innovative ways that cities across the United States are striving to improve the lives of their residents.


Former Minneapolis City Coordinator Bosacker takes job in D.C. 

Blog Post Arthur Burris & Brandee McHale on Sep 9, 2014

Introducing the City Accelerator's First Cohort 

The Accelerator cities will each adopt cutting-edge approaches to the practice of innovation and tackle a specific challenge facing low-income residents in their communities.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jul 24, 2014

San Jose and Nashville Ask Citizens for Poverty Solutions 

Nashville and San Jose’s vibrant claims to fame can camouflage the reality that many of their citizens are facing poverty, homelessness and income disparity.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jul 16, 2014

A Tale of Denver and Philadelphia's Anti-Poverty Plans 

To the casual observer, Philadelphia and Denver might appear to have little in common. But despite their differences, these two cities have similarities regarding how they are approaching their bigge…

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jul 9, 2014

Innovation Profiles: Louisville and Albuquerque 

Albuquerque and Louisville are both committed to using an enhanced spirit of innovation to aid the whole community – with a special emphasis on those with the greatest need.

Blog Post on Jul 3, 2014

Innovation Needed to Finally Win War on Poverty 

The City Accelerator offers an opportunity for new thinking that could not come at a better time. Six cities – Albuquerque, Denver, Louisville, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Jose – have stepped up…

Blog Post Nigel Jacob on Jul 1, 2014

Accelerating Innovation in Cities: Early Learnings from the First Phase of the … 

What we've learned about adopting and spreading innovation from the selection phase for the first cohort of City Accelerator cities.

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Arthur Burris 

Arthur formerly led the Public Sector Innovation work at Living Cities, which includes the City Accelerator and the Project on Municipal Innovation. He is a frequent public speaker on budget and policy topics. He is now leads a team of researchers a…

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Nigel Jacob on Apr 17, 2014

Harnessing Government Technology for Good 

Living Cities’ Urban Technologist in Residence, Nigel Jacob, explains how cities can harness technology and innovation for good.

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Brandee McHale on Mar 25, 2014

From Ideas to Action: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity 

At the heart of our City Accelerator initiative is an attempt to standardize emerging state-of-the art practices growing out of the municipal innovation field.

Blog Post Arthur Burris on Jan 27, 2014

Living Cities Announces the addition of Nigel Jacob to the Public Sector Innova… 

Nigel Jacob of the City of Boston's Office of New Urban Mechanics joins Living Cities as Urban Technologist in Residence.