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by Carmen Smith on Jul 24, 2020

Telling Black Stories Inclusive of Joy 

Philanthropists and public sector communicators must practice storytelling that is a humane representation of the Black experience. This blog suggests ways to share holistic Black narratives.

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by Elizabeth Vargas & Nadia Owusu on Aug 13, 2015

The City Accelerator Guide Report on Analytics, Impact and Learning 

City Accelerator Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government was the first in a series of three Pilot Projects launched in early 2015 to test Living Cities' hypotheses around open-sourcing social change.

Blog Post Carmen Smith on Jul 24, 2020

Telling Black Stories Inclusive of Joy 

Philanthropists and public sector communicators must practice storytelling that is a humane representation of the Black experience. This blog suggests ways to share holistic Black narratives.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Mar 5, 2020

Doing the Right Things Right 

Living Cities’ new Theory of Change represents our unique position on how to close racial gaps across the country.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Jeff Raderstrong on Nov 20, 2019

Living Our Values as a 21st Century Learning Organization: Lessons from Digital… 

We spent two years building a digital community engagement tool to help practitioners close racial gaps. We share our lessons learned in a new report.

Resource on Mar 4, 2020

Achieving Results by Centering Race Internally and Externally 

Living Cities has committed to a new vision and mission that focus on closing racial gaps. This Theory of Change outlines how it will achieve its new goals.

Blog Post Crystal Li & JaNay Queen Nazaire on May 24, 2019

Bringing Our Results Framework to Life: Building a Data Culture 

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros & Megan McGlinchey on Mar 7, 2017

Why We’re Participating in A Day Without A Woman Strike Tomorrow 

Many of the Living Cities staff have decided to participate in the #ADayWithoutAWoman General Strike tomorrow—here’s why.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Educ… 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 22, 2016

25 Disruptive Leaders Who Are Working to Close the Racial Opportunity Gaps 

Living Cities unveils our 25 Disruptive Leaders list, recognizing remarkable individuals who are shaking up the status quo and creating new approaches to address our nation’s most stubborn challenges…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 21, 2016

Join our 9/27 Virtual Event on Closing the Racial Gaps  

On our 25th Anniversary, Living Cities will host a Virtual Event to honor the good work done over the past quarter century, reflect back on the progress that has been made, and most importantly, look…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 13, 2016

New Blog Series: A Signature Moment for Closing the Racial Opportunity Gaps in … 

Our new blog series, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, will highlight ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial op…

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Civic Technology 

Using digital technologies and social media to improve service provision, civic engagement, and data analysis.

Blog Post Megan McGlinchey on Aug 15, 2016

10 Tools for Disruptive Leadership #HereAndNow 

New additions to our #HereAndNow Toolbox will help increase the impact of leaders all over, so that more voices are engaged and equipped to help get to better results for low-income people, faster.

Resource on Nov 20, 2019

The Road to Inclusion: How 21st Century Learning Organizations Can Engage Community Onlin… 

We created a tool to understand what it takes to use digital technologies to encourage learning and racial equity. This report outlines what we learned from the process.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jun 1, 2016

Getting Back to the Purpose of Collective Impact 

In light of recent criticism of collective impact, Tynesia Boyea-Robinson addresses the promise of collective impact as a tool for change, and the hard work it takes to wield the tool effectively.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on May 31, 2016

Collective Impact #Toolbox: Practitioner Toolkits 

Are you overwhelmed when trying to find tools and resources that best address your needs? The new #HereAndNow Toolbox, a searchable hub for practitioners, makes finding the right tool easy.

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Elizabeth Vargas 

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Laura Ravinder on Apr 19, 2016

Four Ways Open-Sourcing Social Change Strengthened Community Engagement in Coll… 

By open-sourcing solutions to a key challenge in the field of collective impact--engaging community members--we were able to create actionable and digestible resources that helped practitioners stren…

Resource on Apr 19, 2016

Community Engagement E-Course: Participant Surveys Analysis 

This e-course analysis highlights process learnings of creating and implementing Living Cities’ inaugural collective impact e-course and synthesizes feedback and behavior changes of participants through survey data.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Mar 24, 2016

Just Do It TOGETHER: Rapid Reflections from Day 2 of the Integration Initiative… 

The seven site teams in Living Cities' Integration Initiative convened in Washington, DC to explore how they can get dramatically better results for low-income people TOGETHER.

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.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 9, 2016

Four Key Elements Are Needed to Remake Economic Development 

The new framework for economic development proposed by Brookings' Amy Liu should be taken as a vital call to action. Four elements, in particular, have proven to be crucial to building a future of sh…