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by Needham Hurst & Elizabeth Reynoso on May 31, 2016

How Cities are Rethinking Summer Jobs 

Cities are using new approaches and partnerships to maximize the impact of summer jobs programs.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 24, 2017

#BensTake: Making Order Out of Chaos 

Today, municipal innovation is a movement that has taken hold in cities across the country. But our work isn't over.

Blog Post Needham Hurst & Elizabeth Reynoso on May 31, 2016

How Cities are Rethinking Summer Jobs 

Cities are using new approaches and partnerships to maximize the impact of summer jobs programs.

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…

Resource on Jun 17, 2013

State of the City: 5 Trends Impacting US Cities 

Identifying solutions to complex problems will require us to let go of the old ways of working, in favor of more adaptive strategies. This report overviews 5 Trends and what they mean for our cities future.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 14, 2016

#BensTake: The Four Accelerants for Change To Watch in 2016  

Will we look back at 2016 and see it as a year of rapid change in U.S. cities? Living Cities' CEO, Ben Hecht, thinks so because of four, unique "accelerants." The first: public will for a more equita…

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.


Summit on Government Performance & Innovation 

Blog Post Matthew Tyler on Oct 16, 2015

From Big Data to Big Action: Tackling Poverty and Inequality Using Data Visuali… 

Reflections on the value of data visualization in fighting poverty from the recent convening of the Project on Municipal Innovation.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 12, 2015

Pay for Success Pays Off: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities  

Among this week's roundup of reading recommendations from our staff: two big announcements that could have a significant impact on low-income people and communities of color.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso on Oct 8, 2015

How Cities are Changing Their Thinking on Disconnected Youth 

In late September, nearly 40 mayoral chiefs of staff and policy advisers from around the country gathered at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for the 14th convening of the Project on Municipal Inn…


Civic Technology 

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

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…

Resource on Nov 26, 2012

Takeaways from Urban Policy Advisory Group Session on Civic Technology 

Living Cities convened group of members of the Urban Policy Advisory Group, along with their chief innovation and technology officers, for a half-day session at the Harvard Kennedy School. These are their key takeaways.

Blog Post Alan Berube on Sep 29, 2015

Beyond Baltimore: Thoughts on Place, Race, and Opportunity 

Alan Berube of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Fall Convening of the Project on Municipal Innovation.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 10, 2015

How Can We Recapture the Spirit of Community Engagement that Built America? 

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.

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Ben Hecht 

Ben Hecht is the President and CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of 18 of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions who work together to boldly fight poverty in America’s cities.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 13, 2015

What We Learned from Launching the City Accelerator Guide 

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…

Resource on Nov 26, 2012

Field Scan of Civic Technology 

We interviewed 25 people with expertise in cities, issues facing low income people, and technology in June and July of 2012. This field scan presents our synthesis - and a snapshot of the civic tech field.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 30, 2015

A Laboratory for Social Change 

After being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is creating a more effective, equitable health system and reinvigorating all segments of its community.

Blog Post Jessica Huey on Jun 29, 2015

PMI Panel Explores Open Data as a Tool for Performance Management 

Experts from the Sunlight Foundation, Socrata and Code for America engaged with city officials to explore he growing role open data is playing in local government.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on May 22, 2015

#GoodReads for City Leaders Seeking Lasting Change  

Insights from the 13th Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group convening on reinvigorating local democracy through community and civic engagement practices

Blog Post Benjamin Shaffer on May 20, 2015

Engaging Everyone 

In a session with Harvard's Archon Fung, city leaders explored empowered participation and democracy, and what it takes to authentically engage citizens.