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 with your suggestions.

8-80 cities

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

The African Centre for Cities (ACC) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program focused on the dynamics of urbanization processes in Africa.

Agile Cities

Agile Cities is an initiative connecting cities, innovation leaders in business and society, and civic organizations to promote an open standard for civic efficiency.

American Planning Association

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.

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

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.

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings analyzes trends and conducts research on issues impacting cities worldwide.

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.

CEOs for Cities

CEOs for Cities is a cross-sector civic innovation lab and network of urban leaders and change agents.

Change by Us

Change by Us is an online platform developed by Local Projects to share ideas and undertake projects to improve cities.

City Atlas

City Atlas is a New Yorker’s comprehensive guide to events, ideas and actions that are positively impacting and forming our city’s future.

City Lab

The Atlantic Cities explores ideas and issues facing today’s global cities, uniting analysis of news, data, policies, and trends.

City Mart is a new global marketplace to connect cities with solutions providers in areas such as health, transport, mobility, lovistics, public services, and tourism.

Code for America

CfA brings technology to bear on governments and public services, helping them work better for all people.

Community Matters

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.

Congress for New Urbanism

The CNU is a membership organization tha promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development and sustainable communities.

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES

“Design with the Other 90%: CITIES” is an exhibition curated and launched in 2011 by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.


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

GOOD Ideas for Cities, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, convenes civic leaders and citizens to discuss how to improve their communities.

IBM TheSmarterCity

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.


A future for cities which includes migrants and their slums.

Intelligent Cities

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

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.

Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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

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.

Michelin Challenge Bibendum

Michelin Challenge Bibendum is a Global Summit and Open Lab dedicated to sustainable mobility.

MIT SENSEable City Lab

SENSEable City Lab is a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on the past, present, and future of cities.

Municipal Art Society

The Municipal Art Society is New York’s leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city.

National League of Cities

NLC is an association for U.S. municipalities, dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities.

National Resources Defense Council

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.

New Cities Foundation

The New Cities Foundation is an international conglomerate that discusses the quality of life and work in the 21st-century global city.

Next City

Next American City connects cities and people working to improve them with ideas, information, and analysis.

The Noun Project

The Noun Project is a database of graphic icons and symbols representing civic activities, services, and spaces.

NPR Cities Project

The NPR Cities Project is calling on Americans across the country to share stories, sounds, and pictures about the heart of their city.

Open Plans

OpenPlans is a nonprofit technology organization helping to open up government and improve transportation systems.

Our Town

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.

Policy Link

Policy Link is grounded in the conviction that equity – just and fair inclusion – must drive all policy decisions in cities.

Project for Public Spaces

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

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

Soul of the Community is a three-year study conducted by Gallup of 26 communities of interest to the Knight Foundation.

Streets Blog Network

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)

Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA) provides leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders engaged in community building projects.

Urban Land Institute

ULI is a multidisciplinary real estate forum with members in 95 countries, focused on land use policy and practice.

Urban Omnibus

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

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.

World Association of the Major Metropolises

The World Association of the Major Metropolises unites cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million inhabitants.