City Accelerator: Cohort II is an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation that explores best practices for engaging lower income residents and effective city government structures.
As local government resources are contracting and challenges ranging from economic inequality to infrastructure are compounding, cities must design new and more effective responses. Cities are increasingly looking for ways to implement promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially those with low incomes.
Funded by Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, the Engagement Lab is leading Cohort II of the Accelerator program. This 18-month program will focus on civic methods to incorporate public participation into government processes in a way that’s meaningful and impactful. Cities included in City Accelerator initiative include:
Check back in December 2016 to access the implementation guide and public engagement toolkit. Learn more about the public engagement board game, Chart the Course here.
The City Accelerator works with cities over an 18-month period to advance innovative efforts that improve the lives of low-income people and help cities run more effectively. Cities participating in each cohort will outline the progress that they intend to make in advancing innovative practice over the duration of the cohort, and then will use a number of program elements to accelerate progress on their work, including: an innovation guidebook that highlights how leading practices can be concretely adapted; periodic convenings to learn from other cities and leading practitioners; and coaching, technical assistance, and implementation resources to advance strategy and overcome barriers.
Founded in 1991, Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to build a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people, faster.
A collection of pitch videos for different cities participating in the City Accelerator
On the virtual layer of data driving Pokemon Go! and our public spaces.
On bridging the gap between municipalities and the colleges and universities within their borders
How can our institutions create conditions to "care for" civics with long-term relationship building...
On the difference between a rights bearing, self-actualizing citizen and a happy customer.
Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods reimagines the backend to public engagement
On pushing the public sector to move beyond "good intentions" and access the services and assistance...
How to engage participants without just shoving content into an online platform
Increasingly, city governments are being called upon to “do engagement.” Typically this means commun...
On Baltimore's history of innovation and resourcefulness in the face of intractable difficulties.
Eric Gordon will be working with five cities as part of an 18-month initiative to promote innovative...
Eric Gordon will be leading Cohort 2 for Living Cities and plans to employ new tools to bring people...