The Mayors Challenge—and the skills-building that comes with participating

The Mayors Challenge isn’t just a competition about big ideas. It’s also a process that helps cities build their innovation muscles.

Year in review: 5 bright spots in a difficult year

A year most city leaders would rather forget is winding down. It wasn’t all bad.


Helping city solutions spread: How we think about ‘replication’ at Bloomberg Philanthropies

Inside the foundation's thinking about how best to spread solutions to big urban challenges from one city to another.

How networks between cities can foster faster and better innovation

Cities are learning from each other in their responses to COVID-19.

6 lessons cities can learn from New Jersey’s cutting-edge innovation team

Beth Simone Noveck shares experiences driving new ways of working in state government and what city leaders can take from them.

How cities can flatten the curve again

As we near the end of 2020, one thing is clear: This will be a year that is studied, researched, talked about, and remembered for centuries to come.

Invest in innovation? Get on the map

Demographic changes, climate change, and the advent of new technologies will dramatically change our cities and the way we live, demanding that civic leaders adapt and operate in radically new ways.

4 ways data can help cities become more equitable

As pains of the pandemic underscore the importance of racial equality, it’s now obvious that data are key to understanding and tackling some of the root causes of inequities.

Innovation Defined: Data Quality Problems and Solutions

Good data quality is an essential foundation for any city. But how is “quality” defined, how is it assessed, and how is it achieved?

Innovation Defined: What Is Data Governance?

What is data governance, how do organizations get it done, and why does it matter? Johns Hopkins University’s Centers for Civil Impact have the answers.