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.

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

Wed, 2017-07-12 13:46 -- Compassionate C...
07/11/2017

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...
07/12/2017

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...
07/10/2017

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...
07/10/2017

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...
06/27/2017

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

Tue, 2017-06-27 06:00 -- Compassionate C...
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.

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