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.

How a Juneau homeless housing program is delivering on its promises

Thu, 2018-06-28 17:00 -- Doug Peeples

A report on the first six months of operation for a Juneau, Alaska homeless housing program made it very clear that the program is doing precisely what it promised to do: provide housing for those who otherwise wouldn't have it and significantly reduce the use of local emergency services.

Food waste is a major problem. Can collaboration solve it?

Thu, 2018-05-31 13:48 -- Doug Peeples

It's estimated that half of the world's food is wasted. It's a drain on economies and a missed opportunity for putting food on the table for people who don't have enough. A Canadian organization is betting a nationwide collaboration can do far more to reduce food waste than isolated efforts ever will.

NYC nonprofit and Cornell tackle urban youth unemployment with free online training

Wed, 2017-08-09 13:44 -- Compassionate C...

With the Serve UP Harlem initiative, STRIVE New York, Cornell University and local city organizations are preparing 18- to 24-year-olds for career paths in food service, customer service and hospitality. Read how the program works.

New study finds number of U.S. deaths from opioid overdoses may be under-reported

Wed, 2017-08-09 06:14 -- Compassionate C...

If the opioid crisis wasn't bad enough already, a new study out of the University of Virginia suggests deaths from drug overdoses may be 24% higher in the U.S. than originally reported. Read more on that, why it matters and new efforts to curb the crisis.

How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air

Tue, 2017-08-08 09:47 -- Compassionate C...

Outdoor air pollution claims 1.3 million lives every year. Children are particularly at risk. And the number of deaths is expected to rise due to climate change. Read how cities from Hamburg to Oakland are using data, sensors and some novel technologies to reduce death and disease from dirty air.

How breastfeeding helps moms, babies and entire communities (and the role tech plays)

Wed, 2017-08-02 12:57 -- Compassionate C...

The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known. But what about the economic advantages? Reports suggest that every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns. Read more about global efforts to encourage breastfeeding – and how technology is helping.

Ripe for growth: Amid world food crisis, agtech to the rescue

Tue, 2017-08-01 13:50 -- Compassionate C...

A Singapore news site calls agriculture technology “the new farming tool to boost food security.” Venture arms of tech giants Qualcomm and Cisco recently invested in an Israeli digital ag startup. New Zealand farmers are cutting costs with IoT technology from Schneider Electric. Clearly agtech is booming; read why it matters.