Compassionate Cities

Compassionate Cities is a Council initiative to raise awareness about ways communities can reduce suffering and improve the lives of vulnerable populations through the use of digital technologies already being applied to solve other city challenges. Click here to learn more about the initiative – and scroll down for articles highlighting how technology is helping the homeless, the hungry, the disabled and other people in need around the world.

What others can learn from Mississippi's lowest jobless rate in 41 years

06/26/2017

A laundry list of technology initiatives helped the state of Mississippi record its lowest level of unemployment since 1976 – and there is more to come. Read how real-time data and apps and other innovative tech advances are helping put people to work.

From data integration to diversion: 6 efforts to reduce prison recidivism

06/21/2017

In Australia, one expert describes “an insidious revolving-door phenomenon” where people are stuck in a loop between homelessness and prison. Recidivism rates are also a huge challenge in the U.S. as they are elsewhere. We look at a wide range of programs trying to change that.

How tech powers community-based agriculture (and access to healthy local food)

06/20/2017

From hydroponic greenhouses near supermarkets to tech-powered farms that come out of a box to a UK app that links producers to consumers, technology is advancing agriculture in new and novel ways. It's also enabling better access to healthy, locally grown foods.

A network of hope: Cisco Canada paves a digital legacy for Indigenous communities

06/19/2017

As Canada commemorates its 150th anniversary of confederation, Cisco Canada launched The Next 150 campaign to expand the scope of a breakthrough program that links Indigenous communities across Canada to unique educational and health and wellness opportunities.

Between a rock and a hard place: Digital inclusion remains elusive for many

06/14/2017

Kids in Ghana use rocks they found in the schoolyard to learn how a computer mouse works. There's no computer in their school, so the teacher improvises. From rural Ghana to neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the digital divide is real – and so are efforts to end it. See some examples involving Huawei, Microsoft and others.

More off-the-street strategies: It's not the data, it's what you do with it

06/13/2017

Cities are steeped in data – but as many are discovering, it's what you do with it that matters if you're trying to get homeless people the help they need. Learn about NYC's new StreetSmart app, benefits of data-pooling in Bristol and Salt Lake County's homeless system overhaul.

No vacation for hunger: Apps and maps lead kids to summer lunch sites

06/12/2017

When school adjourns for the summer, many children who rely on school lunches for a nutritious mid-day meal have to look elsewhere to fill the void. Read how a Minneapolis app, the USDA's digital map and other community-based efforts in libraries and hospitals are making it easier.

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