#BensTake: Impact Investing As Accelerant for Social Change 2016

Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something “very special” in 2016. In this post: the unprecedented availability of impact investment capital. In a decade, I believe we will look…

February 18, 2016

#BensTake: Technology as an Accelerant for Change in 2016

Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something “very special” in 2016. In this post: the ubiquity and power of technology. began my last two blogs by asserting my belief…

February 4, 2016

Collective Impact #ToolBox: Free Collaboration Tools

Four tried-and-true, free tools that simplify the administrative work behind managing cross-sector partnerships well. Take advantage of this technology to make collaboration just a little easier. he Collective Impact #ToolBox is a series of blogs featuring simple, practical tools that…

January 28, 2016

#BensTake: Cities as an Accelerant for Change in 2016

Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something “very special” in 2016. Today: The promise of cities. I began the first blog in this four part series stating that I was incredibly…

January 26, 2016

Vote with Your Investment Dollars: And Other #GoodReads

This week’s round-up of articles, videos and other timely information covers promising ideas and fresh perspectives on capital innovation. This week, our reading recommendations focus on putting the power of capital – private, public and philanthropic – to work as…

January 25, 2016

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

Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something “very special” in 2016. The first: public will for a more equitable America. Income, wealth and educational disparities among Americans have grown…

January 14, 2016

Mayors and Schools in Oakland: Doubling Down on Partnerships

After our conversation last month with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, we crossed the Bay Bridge to visit Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, where we found that the dramatic differences in their situations illustrate the many factors beyond governance structure that…

January 13, 2016

Lessons from Five Years of Economic Inclusion and Partnership in Baltimore

Multiple players from across sectors must come together differently to address the socio-economic challenges and take advantage of opportunities for dramatically better results in Baltimore. Baltimore is fortunate to have billions of dollars in active investment underway in water/sewer improvements,…

January 12, 2016

Led By Data II: More Insights from the Syracuse i-team

The City of Syracuse’s Innovation Team (i-team) was created in April, 2015 thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The team is currently focused on improving the city’s infrastructure systems, which are regularly battered by the harsh weather of Central…

January 12, 2016

#BensTake: Can Local Government Innovation Stick?

From the work of the City Accelerator’s first cohort, Living Cities CEO, Ben Hecht, outlines three trends that he sees as critical to making innovation stick in local government. One of the most exciting movements happening in the U.S. is…

January 7, 2016

The Broad View of Innovation: #GoodReads from the i-teams

This week, we bring you another edition of #GoodReads shared by the Innovation Teams (i-teams), a cohort of in-house innovation consultants in cities across the United States and Israel that are developing and deploying bold ideas to tackle the biggest…

January 7, 2016