Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Oct 20, 2015

How to Successfully Plan for Collective Impact 

After a year of planning, we are proud to announce an expansion of The Integration Initiative and share three things we learned along the way.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Oct 15, 2015

Journey to Results: Rapid Reflections from Day 2 of the Integration Initiative … 

The eight site teams in Living Cities' Integration Initiative convened in Dallas, TX to explore how to use data to drive results - starting with a conversation about racial equity.

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Oct 14, 2015

Journey to Results: Rapid Reflections from Day 1 of the Integration Initiative … 

The eight site teams in Living Cities' Integration Initiative convened in Dallas, TX to explore how to use data to drive results.

Resource on Sep 9, 2014

Reflections on Living Cities' Integration Initiative 

Our President and CEO Ben Hecht shares some of the biggest lessons from the first three years of our signature Integration Initiative that aims to catalyze systems change to improve the lives of low income people in US cities.

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 Jennifer Perkins on Oct 7, 2015

Journey to Results: Using Data to Drive Decisions 

During our upcoming Learning Community, partnerships in the Integration Initiative will leverage local data to drive decisions. Two New York Times articles set the stage for that conversation.

Donella Meadows

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System 

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 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.

Blog Post Kirsten Wysen on Sep 8, 2015

Don’t Succumb to the Siren Song of Outcomes Without the Guidance of a North Star 

When you think of outcomes as mile-markers on your journey to a shared result, you can better design solutions that get dramatically better results, system wide.


Impact Investing 

Deploying capital with the intent of not only generating financial return, but also producing measurable social and environmental impacts.

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.

Resource on Sep 8, 2014

Living Cities Catalyst Fund Portfolio Summaries 

Learn more about our investments through our impact investing vehicle, the Catalyst Fund.

Blog Post Laura Ravinder on Aug 20, 2015

How Newark’s Collective Impact Initiative Thrived From Booker to Baraka 

Political transitions test the strength of local collective impact efforts. Learn how Newark's initiative survived and thrived as Mayor Cory Booker left office and Mayor Ras Baraka stepped in.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Aug 12, 2015

Results Based Accountability Offers a Disciplined Way to Improve Decision-Makin… 

Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and the community as a whole.

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Brittany Ramos DeBarros 

Brittany provides programmatic support to the external field building work of the Collective Impact team at Living Cities. She also supports the Working Cities Challenge.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Jeff Raderstrong on Aug 4, 2015

The Challenge of “Necessary but Not Sufficient” in Introducing Racial Equity to… 

Foundations talking with grantees about racial equity is a major challenge in philanthropy. Living Cities offers some lessons learned from a recent event with grantees.

Resource on Apr 25, 2014

The Small Business Development Work of the Integration Initiative Executive Summary 

An examination of the small business development activities that are being implemented as part of The Integration Initiative.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Jul 30, 2015

Access to Capital: One of the Keys to Prosperity 

Access to capital is key for entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses. Now, a new financial product piloted in Albuquerque, NM may help lower barriers to accessing capital for historically marginali…

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Benjamin Kennedy on Jul 1, 2015

$30 Million Now Available for Detroit’s Main Street 

An interview with Benjy Kennedy, who led the Kresge Foundation’s work to raise the Woodward Corridor Investment Fund in Detroit, about what others can learn from its closing.

Blog Post Elodie Baquerot on May 5, 2015

Three Lessons on How to Accelerate Your Impact by Sharing Knowledge 

The three year evaluation of Living Cities’ signature collective impact initiative provides lessons on how to accelerate impact through knowledge sharing.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Apr 28, 2015

Entrepreneurship for Social Change: Foresight, Courage and Persistence 

Harnessing social entrepreneurship can change inefficient systems and create large-scale change.