Funding the Inclusive Cities of Tomorrow, Today

It is time to retire the false choice. Too often, we hear that you have to choose between fixing aging infrastructure, building resilience, or mending inequity. Our experience with the latest City Accelerator tells us that, in reality, sometimes you…

November 29, 2017

Five Steps We Used to Scan the Entrepreneurship Landscape

Living Cities recently released its scan of entrepreneurship initiatives by Living Cities and its members. In this post, we dive into how we did it and why. The energy and buzz surrounding entrepreneurship is tremendous, but the data is disturbing….

November 22, 2017

Powering Social Change with Data and Tech in Northeast Ohio

A member of Cleveland’s civic tech and data collaborative reflects on their efforts to build a culture of leveraging data for social change, and shares key lessons from their work. The Value of Civic Data So many essential elements of…

November 16, 2017

#BensTake: 5 Elements for Creating Inclusive Economies

A group of Living Cities member institutions recently came together to collectively explore the biggest barriers to inclusive economic growth. We determined that 5 key elements must be central to any efforts to close racial income and wealth gaps and…

November 15, 2017

#GoodReads: Blogs 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. One of the vital aspects of being a good ally or supporter in the struggle for social justice is…

November 7, 2017

Living Cities and Governing Magazine Launch 2017 Equipt to Innovate Survey

Take this year’s Equipt to Innovate survey to see where your city stands on these 7 elements of good governance. The Equipt to Innovate framework is an integrated, collaborative, and evidence-based blueprint for public sector innovation. The seven key outcome elements that…

November 6, 2017

#BensTake: What’s Next for Municipal Innovation?

3 key lessons help chart a path forward for anyone wanting to support the next phase of the municipal innovation movement. Over the past decade, I observed the birth of a movement toward innovative, high-performing local governance, and watched it…

October 26, 2017

My Equation for Systems Change Results

I challenge collective impact teams working in service of better results for people, especially people who have been marginalized for generations, to consider this formula as a frame to guide their work. In my last post, I argued that creating conditions…

October 25, 2017

What We’re Learning About Entrepreneurship as a Job Creation Strategy

We looked at hundreds of initiatives focused on accelerating entrepreneurship and small business growth, and these are the common themes that emerged. Living Cities is committed to improving the economic well-being of low-income people. Given all of the momentum around…

October 25, 2017

#BensTake: Making Order Out of Chaos

The municipal innovation movement has taken hold in cities across the country. But the field has reached a turning point, one that calls for a new approach to maintain a decade of progress. A little over a decade ago, when…

October 24, 2017

Capital as a Driver of Systemic Change: An Example from Albuquerque

What do wolves and capital innovation have in common? Read this deep dive into Albuquerque’s InnovateABQ project as an example of multiple capital sources driving catalytic change. When the Albuquerque Integration Initiative team approached Living Cities for capital from the Blended Catalyst Fund to…

October 3, 2017

Five Elements of Effective Collaboration for Investors

Our new Managing Director of the Catalyst Loan Funds reflects on her first couple of months at Living Cities, sharing her thoughts on how those in the investment world can more effectively collaborate. During my first two months at Living…

September 14, 2017

#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