Blog Post Celeste Richie on Jun 21, 2017

Innovations in PFS: Using WIOA Pay for Performance to Improve Workforce Outcomes 

Five years into Pay for Success, an innovative policy shift will open the door to new strategies for driving better employment outcomes for thousands of youth.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 14, 2017

#BensTake: Three Truths that will Spark Urgency in the Post-Truth Environment 

There’s much work to be done to rebuild a dynamic economy that creates equitable opportunities for all Americans. To do so, we first need an understanding of the challenges that’s grounded in truth a…

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Jan 20, 2017

What does it take to create opportunities for high-quality jobs? 

A new case study from StriveTogether offers some ideas on how to create good jobs for low-income people.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Jeff Raderstrong on May 26, 2016

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

Using data to achieve collective impact continues to be a challenge for the Living Cities Collective Impact team.

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 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…

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 Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jan 20, 2016

Lessons on Supporting Cohorts to Get Low-Income Youth into Good Jobs 

This blog outlines how funders can support collective impact initiatives in defining workforce development outcomes, and support people on a path to employment.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 11, 2016

From Gun Control to Millennial Moms: #GoodReads from Living Cities 

A weekly round-up of reading recommendations to kick-off 2016!

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 23, 2015

#BensTake: Three Ways American Cities Can Support the Economic Aspirations of Y… 

Living Cities' CEO responds to a new report on youth economic opportunity, and offers suggestions for American cities to best support the population of Opportunity Youth most in need.

Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 18, 2015

What Living Cities Has Learned from Working with Multi-Site Cohorts 

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.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Kaci Roach on Nov 16, 2015

How to Get All Students on a Path to Self-Sufficiency 

The Prepare Learning Circle in the StriveTogether Network developed an outcome recommendation for collective impact collaborative initiatives. This blog has four lessons from their journey.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2015

#BensTake: We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Ameri… 

Some colleges have adapted to today's challenges, enrolling and graduating low-income students at above average rates. Here's what we can take away from the success stories to provide better educatio…

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 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 Ben Hecht on Aug 18, 2015

#BensTake: How to Build a New Type of Urban Practice: Analyzing NLC’s Economic … 

Findings from the National League of Cities' 2015 Local Economic Conditions report highlight three opportunity areas where we can focus our attention to get dramatically better results for low-income…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 7, 2015

The Shared Economy, Disaggregated Data And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities … 

Our diverse portfolio gives us a unique vantage point to identify trends and accelerate the uptake of promising practices in the field. This week’s reading recommendations explore a few of these tren…

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias on Jun 18, 2015

Three Mindset Shifts Needed to Get More People in Good Jobs 

To equitably improve employment outcomes in a given place, all stakeholders at the table must change how they see the problem and their role in providing solutions, starting with three mindset shifts.

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 14, 2015

#AgeOfLiteracy: The Promise of Cross-Sector Collaboration 

At a moment in which collaboration is becoming the new competition, The StrivePartnership promises to catalyze lasting change in the education space through collective impact.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 4, 2015

#BensTake: Majority of Public School Students Now in Poverty 

Our CEO, Ben Hecht, shares his take on a recent study that indicates most public school children live in poverty. Part of our new blog series, #BensTake.

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Jan 14, 2015

Three Transformational Ways Universities Can Support the Success of Every Stude… 

To achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster, colleges and universities must broaden college access like never before and speed degree completion.

Blog Post David Lubell & Rachel Peric on Jan 13, 2015

A Welcoming Moment for U.S. Cities  

U.S. cities have an opportunity to grow economically by becoming more welcoming to immigrants. Welcoming America offers 3 lessons from efforts in Nashville, TN and Dayton, OH for starting welcoming e…