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.

From apps to arms to spendy cleanups: Is there a right way to handle homeless camps?

07/24/2017

Homeless camps have grown 30% in Oakland in the last two years. They're growing in Honolulu too, prompting one councilman to propose armed park rangers to keep public spaces safe. Is that the solution? Are there better ones? Learn what cities from Anchorage to Sydney are doing.

Panasonic's Kid Witness News global summit nurtures a new generation of leaders

07/24/2017

Panasonic's Kid Witness News educational program is now in 18 countries, supplying schools with video production equipment that enables students to report on the world through their eyes. Next week the company hosts its first KWN summit in Japan. It promises to be eye-opening; find out why.

From the UK: A glimpse at fascinating new technologies with life-changing potential

07/18/2017

A post from the UK offers a fascinating glimpse at 24 technologies that could potentially improve a lot of lives. We provide a peek at five that are focused on wellness, including a Skype-like app for older folks and 3D printed bionic hands for amputees.

Connecting rural communities: New efforts to help those left behind

07/16/2017

Mention smart cities and most think of big cities steeped in the Internet of Things, with free Wi-Fi hotspots on every corner. But if the goal is to use smart technologies to improve lives and livelihoods, small rural communities have some big needs. Read what companies like AT&T and Microsoft are doing about that.

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

07/15/2017

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

07/12/2017

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

07/11/2017

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

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.

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