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.

Task force takes on energy poverty challenges in the EU


In France, an estimated 20% of the population suffers from energy poverty, meaning they don't have regular access to energy needed to cover basic domestic needs. Now Schneider Electric and a European think tank are focusing on how to overcome energy poverty challenges. Read more about it.

How mobile accessible digital platforms reduce youth unemployment


A survey of business, government and social leaders across five continents identified youth unemployment as one of the world's most pressing concerns – and opportunities. Learn what the survey reveals about using digital technology as a force for good in an era of high joblessness and the rise of robots.

Can open data take some of the guesswork out of farming? Definitely


At a time when climate change has the potential to threaten our food supplies, farmers can use all the help they can get. A competition arranged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Council Lead Partner Microsoft yielded several innovative ways to ensure a sustainable, resilient food supply -- and they all relied on open data.

The Internet of food? Solutions helping feed people more sustainably


Food production is a major issue for cities, whether they’re tackling environmental goals or just trying to make sure their citizens have enough to eat. Check out new approaches from Cisco, Microsoft, Veolia and others that are putting more sustainable food on the table.

Rural Zambian schools powered by S&C Electric solar plus energy storage solution


With electricity scarce in sub-Saharan Africa, it takes innovative solutions for schools to offer classes students elsewhere take for granted. Learn how S&C Electric developed a combined solar and energy storage power supply that allows two Zambian schools to offer computer science courses.


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