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Compassionate Cities Articles

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.

Novel approaches take on food waste (and hunger and GHGs too)

01/17/2017

Malaysian teens call their mobile food surplus app Robin Food; in Brazil restaurant diners are encouraged to eat a little less but pay full price to help combat child hunger and malnutrition. Read about more novel efforts around the world to reduce food waste, hunger and greenhouse gases.

Lessons from Asheville: Solving community problems with data

01/11/2017

Asheville, NC's civic hackers are using data to help their city's vulnerable populations – from working with a homeless coalition to helping the city find jobs and housing for formerly incarcerated people. The Asheville initiatives are part of a national effort to help underserved citizens.

AT&T ed-tech accelerator accepting apps from ventures driving social impact

01/10/2017

Now in its third year, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator supports innovations in education technology that promote student success. For profits and nonprofits selected for the program receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship. Application deadline is Feb. 7.

Homeless in Amsterdam try on contactless payment jackets

01/09/2017

One downside to a cashless society is that it's more difficult to help out a homeless person. To counter that, a Dutch ad agency designed a warm winter coat with a built-in terminal that people simply tap with a contactless payment card to donate a euro. A prototype is currently being tested, with early feedback reportedly positive.

$5 million boost will expand promising UW technology that streamlines social service delivery

01/09/2017

A social services management solution created by University of Washington students to improve processes in child welfare, foster care and homeless youth systems is expanding, thanks to $5 million in new funding.

Seattle homeless wear electronic beacons that tell their stories to passersby

12/19/2016

With the GiveSafe app on a smartphone, people walking the streets of Seattle can read the stories of homeless people they pass by and, if they wish, make a safe, cashless donation to help meet the person's needs – groceries, bus fare, maybe a haircut.

UK councils partner on solar-plus-storage pilot to reduce fuel poverty

12/13/2016

The National Energy Action charity estimates four million UK households live in cold, damp properties. Three London borough councils are determined to do something about it. Read about the solar and energy storage pilot they launched to see if those technologies can reduce the cost of heating homes.

How a UK supermarket works with towns and technology to reduce food waste

12/10/2016

A poll of UK adults found only 3% see any stigma attached to wasting food – yet most turn off lights or turn down the heat to save money. Read how a supermarket chain is working with UK communities to promote smart technologies that help households reduce food waste and save money.

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