The following is a collection of advocacy organizations, funding sources, media coverage, online tools, and software focused on making cities better, more efficient, and more resilient. The majority are U.S.-based and focused, so we particularly welcome suggestions from other parts of the world. Please email email@example.com with your suggestions.
The African Centre for Cities (ACC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program focused on the dynamics of urbanization processes in Africa.
Agile Cities is an initiative connecting cities, innovation leaders in business and society, and civic organizations to promote an open standard for civic efficiency.
The APA is a U.S.-based membership organization focused on community planning and citizen empowerment.
ArtPlace is a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.
The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) is a network of grassroots commuity organizations, NGOs, and professionals involved with urban poor development processes in Asian cities.
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.
CEOs for Cities is a cross-sector civic innovation lab and network of urban leaders and change agents.
Change by Us is an online platform developed by Local Projects to share ideas and undertake projects to improve cities.
City Atlas is a New Yorker’s comprehensive guide to events, ideas and actions that are positively impacting and forming our city’s future.
The Atlantic Cities explores ideas and issues facing today’s global cities, uniting analysis of news, data, policies, and trends.
CfA brings technology to bear on governments and public services, helping them work better for all people.
CommunityMatters champions the notion that people have the power to solve their communty’s problems and shape its future.
CommunityPlanIT is a game-based, online engagement platform to aid local planning efforts.
The CNU is a membership organization tha promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development and sustainable communities.
“Design with the Other 90%: CITIES” is an exhibition curated and launched in 2011 by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Esri produces maps and other technology tools for cities using Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
GOOD Ideas for Cities, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, convenes civic leaders and citizens to discuss how to improve their communities.
TheSmarterCity is an interactive experience created by IBM to visualize how cities can better integrate data and technology.
ICLEI is an international association of local governments and their associations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.
ioby is a crowd-funding platform specifically for environmental projects that improve neighborhoods, communities, and cities.
The ITDP works with cities worldwide to bring about transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve quality of life.
Living Cities is a collaborative of foundations and financial institutions that invests in the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.
MICD is a partnership led by the National Endowment for the Arts and focused on preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
Meu Rio is an independent popular movement to build a more democratic, just, and livable city as it prepares to host the World Cup and Olympics.
The Municipal Art Society is New York’s leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city.
NLC is an association for U.S. municipalities, dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities.
The National Resources Defense Council addresses sustainable communities at the neighborhood level, throughout metropolitan regions, and across city systems.
Neighborland is a community-focused, online platform to exchange ideas and connect with people to affect change in cities.
The New Cities Foundation is an international conglomerate that discusses the quality of life and work in the 21st-century global city.
The Noun Project is a database of graphic icons and symbols representing civic activities, services, and spaces.
The NPR Cities Project is calling on Americans across the country to share stories, sounds, and pictures about the heart of their city.
OpenPlans is a nonprofit technology organization helping to open up government and improve transportation systems.
Our Town is a grants program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support public-private partnerships strengthen the arts while shaping communities.
Planetizen is a website dedicated to ideas, information, and news about urban planning, design, and development worldwide.
SeeClickFix is an online platform that allows anyone to report and track non-emergency issues anywhere in the world via the web.
Shack/Slum Dwellers Internation (SDI) is a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Soul of the Community is a three-year study conducted by Gallup of 26 communities of interest to the Knight Foundation.
The Streets Blog Network is a daily news source connecting people to issues shaping transportation and public life in cities.
Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA) provides leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders engaged in community building projects.
Urban Omnibus is an online project of the Architectural League that explores design, city planning, and public life in New York City.
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organzaing (WIEGO) is a global action-research-policy network to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy.