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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Need a break from the gloom and doom served up in the daily headlines? Then click to read about some inspiring people motivated by compassion, aided by technology and determined to change lives for the better (with help from AT&T, Microsoft and Intel).
A new business accelerator based in Oldham, England is taking on the "poverty premium" – where poor people pay more for basic goods and services than wealthier folks. The Wayra Fair by Design Fund will support tech startups developing solutions.
An investment from the software giant's corporate giving arm will expand the Markle Foundation's Skillful initiative, a data-driven approach to helping workers succeed in today's digital economy. See how it works and who else is involved.
"Redlining Louisville: A History of Race, Class and Real Estate" was tapped as the first winner of Harvard's new Map of the Month contest honoring best-in-class data visualizations created by governments and nonprofits. It's a powerful map with a powerful backstory.
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.
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.