Is Philanthropy Aligned on the Root Causes of Inequities?

Too often, we assume a partnership between two or more philanthropic institutions represents true “alignment” – even when they are divorced from the people and dynamics on the ground. Furthermore, there is usually a lack of clarity around the intended…

February 26, 2020

Rising to the Challenge of Closing Racial Gaps

Can philanthropy drive systems change? By changing the way we approach the work in our individual institutions and how we collaborate, Living Cities seeks to prove that we can actually make meaningful progress toward the issue of our generation: closing…

February 25, 2020

#WealthInColor: Disparities in New Orleans’ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem [INFOGRAPHIC]

The goal of this project was to ensure that entrepreneurs of color, particularly those with businesses poised to scale, could access the capital and community resources they need to grow their enterprises – resources that technical assistance providers, capital providers, anchor institutions and others have often denied them.

February 20, 2020

Strength In Numbers: The Importance of the 2020 Census

The census holds power to bring visibility, resources and political agency to our communities. It’s up to us to share the facts and mobilize each other around the upcoming census, so that our communities receive equitable resources and representation in…

December 22, 2019

Reimagining Black Wealth: Asking 400 Year Old Questions

As researchers and conveners, we know that addressing the root causes for our country’s racial disparities requires expertise and radical collaboration. On our quest to understand what it takes to achieve more equitable outcomes for all people in a country…

December 6, 2019

#WealthInColor: Michael Meredith of VPG Enterprises

As part of our #WealthInColor video series, we’re proud to be able to highlight the first of our New Orleans entrepreneurs. Michael Meredith of VPG Enterprises is an engineer, former baseball player, previous employee of a Fortune 5 oil company,…

November 21, 2019

3 Cities Using Capital to Build More Inclusive Ecosystems

Eighteen months ago, in collaboration with Living Cities, Rockefeller and Surdna Foundations, we launched Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up (SU)3 — an initiative designed to address the challenges in access to capital, social networks, and expertise that entrepreneurs of…

November 6, 2019

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


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