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.

Facial recognition, DNA matching help reunite China's homeless with their families

Mon, 2017-07-17 06:38 -- Compassionate C...

Shanghai Rescue Station uses advanced technologies to help locate the families of the homeless and mentally ill people it rescues every year, including seniors and children. And it's working; read how DNA testing helped reunite a daughter with her 70-year-old father after he'd been missing 20 years.

Here's what happens when you ask Stanford undergrads to use technology to reduce poverty

Wed, 2017-07-12 13:46 -- Compassionate C...

Students enrolled in Ending Poverty with Technology at Stanford had to cram a lot of learning – and doing – into their two-quarter course. It was a "big ask" their professor admits. But they came through with some big ideas.

$1 million Toyota impact grant promotes upward mobility for homeless women and children

Wed, 2017-07-12 11:55 -- Compassionate C...

Many large companies are locating in Collin County, Texas and thousands of new homes are being built there. Yet approximately 3,000 women in the county experience homelessness; many of them have children. Read how a new nonprofit collaborative, aided by a $1 million grant, aims to help them.

Battling diabetes: Tech giants, inventors, mayors and service clubs are on the front lines

Tue, 2017-07-11 15:45 -- Compassionate C...

As the world’s diabetes epidemic worsens, IBM, Qualcomm and Microsoft technologies have joined the battle. Columbus, Georgia’s mayor has signed on. So have 47,000 Lions Clubs. And then there's Dana Lewis; don't miss what she's doing to help diabetes sufferers like herself.

New initiatives take on youth homelessness. Will they help?

Mon, 2017-07-10 14:30 -- Compassionate C...

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

Tue, 2017-06-27 13:35 -- Compassionate C...

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.