Personal Reparations

When reparations discussions began to make big news, I didn’t need to understand what, exactly, was being proposed in order to know in my bones that they were due. The ways in which wealth was built on the backs of…

October 24, 2019

Dominican / American

This blog is part of our series highlighting Latinx staff members in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. This Latinx Heritage month, I’d like to share a little bit about my parents’ country of origin-the Dominican Republic (aka DR, not to…

October 15, 2019

#WealthInColor: Red Planet Books and Comics [VIDEO]

Red Planet Books and Comics owner Lee Francis tackles the perceptions of and narratives about Native Americans and their communities, and has important lessons for investors in New Mexico and beyond. In the second video in Living Cities’ #WealthInColor series,…

October 14, 2019

Building Inclusive Ecosystems: Reflections from HBCU@SXSW [PODCAST]

How can we build ecosystems that put entrepreneurs of color at the center? At HBCU@SXSW we had a conversation about how inclusive ecosystem building can address the country’s legacy of racial disparities by engaging, investing in, and supporting founders of…

October 10, 2019

Healing-Informed Collective Impact: The Reflection and Practice

Read the first blog in this series, Healing-Informed Collective Impact Applying the TIS philosophy to a traditional collective impact model required us to unravel how our processes as backbone organizations and facilitators can create respectful, healing-informed partnerships, central to the development…

October 9, 2019

Afro-Latinidad

I have never had the privilege of not being aware of myself and my external appearance. Looks have always mattered for me and here’s an example of why: When I was around thirteen years old, I spent a summer in…

October 9, 2019

Healing-Informed Collective Impact

Whether it be equitable housing in San Francisco, workforce development in New Orleans, or inclusive innovation in Albuquerque, cities engaged with The Integration Initiative (TII) are working collectively within and across their regions to solve some of our country’s most wicked problems….

October 7, 2019

Power of Collective Action

At Living Cities, we believe collective action is the framework through which we can achieve change at a systems level. Most recently, we decided to approach narrative change through a collective action framework with the belief that it will help us shift…

October 2, 2019

#WealthInColor: Honeymoon Brewery [VIDEO]

In the first of our six-part #WealthInColor video series – featuring Black, Latinx and Native American founders – Ayla Bystrom-Williams of Honeymoon Brewery shares her entrepreneurial journey. She discusses the business landscape in New Mexico, the challenges of raising capital…

September 24, 2019

Impact vs. Intent: Initial Lessons from Third Sector’s Equity Journey

What does a low-income community look like? What systems and programs, while often well-intentioned, serve as the foot of oppression for keeping this neighborhood economically poor? After conducting this power analysis as part of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s…

September 16, 2019

Decolonizing Lunch Part II: Putting Our Values into Action

In the first piece of this two-part series, we explored the relationship between our racial equity practice and our procurement practices, and some of the questions we continue to grapple with in our journey. In this piece, one staff member…

September 5, 2019

Building the Field: Reflections on Undoing Racism

We cannot address racial disparities without being clear about the historical, social and political meaning of race in America. As part of our internal racial equity work, Living Cities has asked all of our staff to attend racial equity trainings…

July 24, 2019