updates


Delivering on the bottom line ASAP

Can private equity be a driver of positive change for the environment, social justice and healthy institutions? A new joint venture between Civic Consulting USA and ESG Portfolio Partners says “Yes!” In the investment community, environmental and social impact considerations are often abbreviated as “ESG,” which is short for “Environmental, Social, and Governance” factors. There’s […]


Building a better bond court

Guest writer Asheley Van Ness, Associate Principal, Civic Consulting Alliance, Chicago For two years, Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners have been helping to address issues in the criminal justice system, including revamping Cook County Central Bond Court. We have been working with Cook County’s criminal justice stakeholders—the Cook County Board President, Sheriff, Chief Judge, State’s Attorney, Public […]


World Trade Center Oculus

Civic Spirit, Civic Impact: How Partnerships Get Results

Across America, businesses invest billions in pro bono services.  In case after case, however, the civic spirit doesn’t translate into civic results. How can we fix this? Too often, nonprofit and government executives look at securing pro bono support as an end in itself. We focus on finding a company to loan their staff, but […]


Unlocking the potential: A case study of affordable housing and cross-sector partnership

Nearly one in fourteen New Yorkers live in apartments managed or subsidized by the New York City Housing Authority. But with disinvestment from all levels of government, NYCHA has been unable to keep homes in good shape and to connect residents to community resources and economic opportunities. “Aggressive action is necessary to deliver to NYCHA’s […]


How can you think long-term when you’re dealing with a deficit?

How do you upgrade millions of square feet of public housing? Can going to public hospitals to get treated become a positive experience? At the Meeting of the Minds, Alexander Shermansong moderated a keynote conversation around “Local Answers for Under-Resourced Cities,” with two of his New York collaborators, Karina Totah, Senior Advisor to the Chair at New […]


44 ways to make it work:
Secrets of successful cities

Representatives from 44 cities gathered in Miami last week. Why were so many cities, ranging from the bucolic to the megalopolis, gathered together? It’s part of a major rethinking of the role of the federal government in the lives of city dwellers. Instead of just giving grants (or taking them away) the federal government and […]


How Are You Changing the World?

Every day we see how Silicon Valley’s innovators and entrepreneurs are changing the world through new ideas and technologies: our smartphones, our fitness trackers, the smart meter at home, the cloud at our workplace, the latest app we download. Undeniably we are riding a wave of technological innovation at a breakneck pace. What’s not as […]


Makers of Our National Pastime: Lessons for Cities from Louisville — the birthplace of the Slugger

We are all “makers.” We dream. We tinker. We design. We develop. We trouble-shoot and we deploy. Across industry — public, private or government – we’re all making something; we’re all part of the maker movement. I participated in a recent panel at Governing’s Performance and Innovation Summit in Louisville with leaders from Living Cities, […]


Mayor turns to Civic Consulting Minnesota to rethink snow plowing

Civic Consulting Minnesota is just getting started, and already they’re making news. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman asked the newly formed public-private pro bono partnership for help getting ready for the snow season. The city is already implementing Civic Consulting’s recommendations and aims to clear snow on 90% of major streets within 20 hours of […]