#GoodReads: Books We’re Reading on Racial Equity

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it. Knowing what I know now, I realize that I went into my freshman year at Penn State lacking competency…

August 15, 2017

Facing Down Racial Terror

Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht responds to the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein This…

August 14, 2017

#GoodReads: Documentaries We’re Watching on Racial Equity

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it. This second installation of the #GoodReads series on equity curates documentaries that explore racial disparities, discrimination, and other widespread…

July 25, 2017

Innovations in Pay for Success: Outcomes Rate Cards

An new evolution in Pay for Success could help improve outcomes for communities. It’s been five years since the first Pay for Success transaction closed in the U.S. At Living Cities, we’ve been asking ourselves: “Five years later, what has Pay for…

July 18, 2017

#GoodReads: Podcasts We’re Listening to on Racial Equity

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it. Racial equity and inclusion are at the forefront of all of our work. Absent an intentional focus on race,…

July 17, 2017

#BensTake: Cultural Competency and Entrepreneurship

Persistent inequities in funding decisions disproportionately bar women and people of color from launching start-ups. But these entrepreneurs are key both for solving problems in their own communities and turning the tide on our declining start-up rates.

June 27, 2017

Bright Spots in a Darkened Landscape

By partnering with universities to leverage data and technology, cities continue to emerge as bright spots of innovation. They’re leading the way in tackling today’s most intractable problems.

June 20, 2017

Progress Takes Data Discipline: Where Do I Start?

Cities are awash in data. How can practitioners cut through the noise when working to improve outcomes for communities of color? Here are five tips, plus real-world examples, that may help.

June 14, 2017

Data-Driven: The People Behind the Numbers

In his penultimate post on the Equipt to Innovate framework elements, Steven Bosacker urges government employees and those working in data to take time to consider the people and real-life impacts behind the data.

May 19, 2017