Living Cities

Announcing #NewUrbanPractice: A Living Cities Perspective in 2014

April 15, 2015

We are thrilled to launch our 2014 Annual Report microsite, #NewUrbanPractice, that highlights and explores trends, innovations and approaches aimed at getting dramatically better results for low-income people, faster. As members of our problem solving network, we wanted to share this digital report with you and ask you to join us in engaging others to build a #NewUrbanPractice together. 


At Living Cities, we are deeply unsatisfied with the incremental pace of social change. Too often, our aspirations are too small. Our solutions are not matched to the true nature and scale of the problems.  

In the last year, we’ve worked to bring together leaders, doers, and innovators from philanthropies, governments, non-profits, technology firms, impact investing and more to co-create new ways of working towards this shared goal of building a #NewUrbanPractice.

And, mindful that no one individual, institution, or sector can achieve this goal alone, in 2014, we decided to open source our annual report, asking folks in our networks—from our member institutions, to grantees, to our staff, to our social media followers, to a diversity of other thought leaders—to share their thoughts, insights, lessons and ideas about what this #NewUrbanPractice should look like.

Now, our #NewUrbanPractice digital report explores how trends and approaches in civic tech, community engagement, evidence-based practice, impact investing and more can be harnessed so that we can achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, faster!

Hear ideas from thought-leaders including:

  • Rip Rapson, President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation
  • Bruce Katz, Vice President at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor
  • Dennis White, President and CEO of the MetLife Foundation
  • Sarah Treuhaft, Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives, PolicyLink
Starting today, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, please share in continuing the conversation by:
  • Sharing the report on your personal and company social media accounts, using the hashtag #NewUrbanPractice and @Living_Cities.
  • Tweeting directly from the report and sharing the blogs and insights with your followers.
  • Including the report in your organization’s upcoming newsletter.
  • Spreading the word through email and personal outreach.

We hope that you will find that this digital report adds to the work you are already doing to build a #NewUrbanPractice. And, we look forward to co-creating a brighter future with you.