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.
8-80 Cities is dedicated to contributing to the transformation of cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks and public places.
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.
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings analyzes trends and conducts research on issues impacting cities worldwide.
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.
CityMart.com is a new global marketplace to connect cities with solutions providers in areas such as health, transport, mobility, lovistics, public services, and tourism.
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.
Embarq’s mission is to catalyze and help implement sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities worldwide.
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.
Intelligent Cites is an initiative of the National Building Museum that explores the intersection of information technology and urban design.
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.
SENSEable City Lab is a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on the past, present, and future of cities.
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.
Next American City connects cities and people working to improve them with ideas, information, and analysis.
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.
Project for Public Spaces is a planning, design, and educational organization advocating for public spaces that build stronger communities.
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.
ULI is a multidisciplinary real estate forum with members in 95 countries, focused on land use policy and practice.
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.