Below are articles and models to help you learn more about the strategies and best practices we are using through the Working Cities Partnership: 

Working Cities Challenge

Working Cities Lowell is funded through the Working Cities Challenge grant program administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Learn more about the program and the Fed’s role in the Initiative.


Collective Impact

Collective Impact - Stanford Social Innovation Review

Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work - Stanford Social Innovation Review

Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact - Stanford Social Innovation Review

Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity - Stanford Social Innovation Review

Learning in Action: Evaluating Collective Impact - Stanford Social Innovation Review


System Change

Water for System Change: Action Learning Exercise - FSG

The Dawn of System Leadership - Stanford Social Innovation Review

ABLe CHANGE Framework - Michigan State University


adaptive leadership

Adaptive Leadership - Paul Schmitz

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. - Heifetz, Linsky, and Grashow; Harvard Kennedy School


community engagement

Reinventing Community Spaces - Trusted Space Partners

Community Engagement - Tamarack Institute


Racial Equity & Inclusion

Racial Equity Here Learning Report - Living Cities

Race Forward - Race Forward & Center for Social Inclusion

Inclusion - Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society