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.

3 ways science and tech may alter the future of food for the better


Tomatoes from space? Cheese from 3D printers? An electrically charged solution that extends the shelf life of veggies? With hunger and poor nutrition pervasive, read about innovations in food tech that may someday result in healthier foods and a more sustainable food supply.

Report: Not addressing water insecurity will hinder efforts to alleviate poverty


A new World Bank report paints a grim picture of what will happen in regions that don't take action to neutralize adverse impacts of water scarcity. Water mismanagement, the authors say, takes a disproportionate toll on the poor as economic growth is stymied. Smart solutions exist; click to read about them.

How dashboards, analytics and e-prescribing battle opioid addiction


President Obama recently announced new efforts to battle prescription drug and heroin abuse, noting that today more people in the U.S. die from opioid overdoses than traffic accidents. Drug addiction isn't a new problem, but new and innovative approaches to curb it are gaining attention. Would they work in your city? Click for details.

Project Inspire seeks ideas for making APAC safer for women and girls


The latest MasterCard Index of Well-Being found women across Asia feel particularly vulnerable to the threat of violent crime. Click to learn about Project Inspire and its $25,000 grand prize for social entrepreneurs with ideas for empowering women and girls through safety and security.

Big Food Data: The answer to a more sufficient, sustainable food supply?


Food waste in restaurants and grocery stores is getting more attention as efforts to battle hunger accelerate. But what about edible food the land and sea supply that is mostly ignored because it's unfamiliar? Click to read how big food data is taking that on.

Data and collaboration may be key to tackling homelessness in Denver area


IBM experts are in Denver where they will work with the city and other jurisdictions to identify ways to reduce the region's chronic and episodic homelessness. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock believes a coordinated system of data collection, analysis and sharing will help. It's worth watching; best practices from Denver could help cities everywhere.

Mobile laundry vans provide hygiene (and dignity) for Australia's homeless


With industrial washers and dryers installed in back, Orange Sky Laundry vans roll up to parks and drop-in centers in seven Australian locales to provide free laundry services for the homeless. Launched by two young men from Brisbane, today they have 450 volunteers helping them. Other cities could do this.

Nonprofit turns low-income wage earners into skilled IT workers – for free


Who doesn't want a job with benefits, paid time off and a steady paycheck? After a decade working in restaurants, family man Aaron Mingo ached for one. Cincinnati's WCPO tells about a remarkable nonprofit that turned Mingo into an IT field engineer -- for free. And he's not alone.

Texas pilot uses technology to improve outcomes for foster kids (and it's working!)


To create better outcomes for foster children, agencies in Texas are piloting new tools and technologies to decrease the amount of time kids are in the system and develop lasting support networks for them once they're out. Based on early success, they plan to expand the program.