Through the Eyes of Wakanda: On Screen Lessons for Off Screen Impact

Join us throughout the upcoming weeks as we feature the stories and work of Builders and Benefactors, a network of private equity investors, venture capitalists, and founders of color who are intentionally investing to close racial wealth and income gaps. Together,…

June 27, 2019

Normalizing Deep Conversations about Race through Coaching

This blog is part of a series that will tell the story of our organizational shift toward centering racial equity by sharing details of the experience and how we’ve handled bumps along the way with an emphasis on the ways…

June 25, 2019

Reflections on Leading Racial Equity Work in Collective Impact

OneCranston’s story has many similarities to the stories of those leading racial equity and inclusion work in many cities and institutions throughout our country. As we read and hear about more and more institutions each day talking about race and…

June 13, 2019

Lessons Learned from Regional Inclusive Economic Growth

We spoke with Living Cities members, partners and practitioners in the field to gather the critical lessons from past regional efforts in the US. We’ve shared why Living Cities is looking at a regional approach on inclusive economic growth in…

June 13, 2019

Building Local Startup Ecosystems That Work for Entrepreneurs of Color

In light of our ImpactAssets50 recognition, we are sharing blog posts, originally posted at Impact Alpha, that highlight the unique values that led the Catalyst and Blended Catalyst Funds to be included in the ImpactAssets 50 among an impressive set of peers…

June 11, 2019

Building OneCranston through Collective Impact

As a Working Cities Challenge participant, Cranston, Rhode Island is working to undo the city’s longstanding racial divides. Two partners in the work reflect on efforts to build unity through collective impact, and share tools and resources that they’ve found…

June 6, 2019

Finding the Roots of Our Histories Towards Collective Liberation

This blog is part of a series of blogs highlighting Living Cities staff’s various cultures in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Malaysia is one of the top producers of rubber. As I reflect on Asian Pacific Heritage month,…

May 30, 2019

You Are What You Eat – Reclaiming my South Indian Heritage

Food can be a way of preserving culture and maintaining a connection to home in a foreign place, as was the case in my family. In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I’m sharing a favorite family recipe…

May 24, 2019

Bringing Our Results Framework to Life: Building a Data Culture

In the first of this two-part series, we introduced the intersection of racial equity and results-focus in our work, and shared how we’ve come to recognize that any strategy for economic justice must address structural racism as a root cause. In…

May 24, 2019

The Little-Known History of Chinese Restaurants

For Asian Pacific American Heritage month, I wanted to share a portion of my culture’s history. We need to be able to support each other to lift up our voices and share how our struggles are rooted in white supremacy…

May 17, 2019

Navigating Collective Impact through a Mayoral Transition

Lessons and resources from Albuquerque around sustaining cross-sector work through a mayoral transition. On Wednesday 5/15, Living Cities and Albuquerque, NM cross-sector leadership will present at the Collective Impact Forum. Their session titled “Navigating Collective Impact through a Mayoral Transition” will…

May 8, 2019

Centering Community in Collective Impact

Through a decade of place-based work, we’ve gathered these tools and lessons for bringing community voice into the collective impact model. How can these apply to your own work? Through our place-based work over the last 10 years, Living Cities…

April 25, 2019

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments

Race-neutral efforts to boost economic opportunity have failed. Going forward, organizations across sectors must deliberately incorporate a racial lens into their economic security efforts. In light of our ImpactAssets50 recognition, we will be sharing blog posts, originally posted at Impact Alpha, that…

April 17, 2019

Accelerating Government’s Knowledge of Undoing Racism

Once upon a time, city government support for local business was pretty straightforward. Cities could cut taxes, dole out incentives, loosen regulations, or all three; these were the levers local government deployed to attract, retain and grow local businesses. That…

April 4, 2019