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.

New initiatives take on youth homelessness. Will they help?


As the number of young people without stable housing grows to crisis levels in many parts of the world, efforts to intervene multiply. Boston public schools will have homeless liaisons. Social Benefit Bonds are funding a pilot in Queensland. Even the private sector is stepping up.

Dubai launches Humanitarian Accelerators with an ambitious agenda


By leapfrogging conventional technology approaches and improving the financial efficiency of humanitarian organizations, the accelerators will innovate around solving key humanitarian challenges in the Arab world and beyond. "This cannot wait," Dubai's ruler says.

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


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


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)


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.