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.

IBM Health Corps: Top talent and cognitive technologies take on wellness


In the borough of Calderdale in the UK, more than 65% of adults are overweight or obese. IBM recently partnered with the local council to create specialized fitness programs based on insight gleaned from analyzing data, such as social workers' case notes. Learn more about IBM's new health initiative.

Data shows how a poor person's zip code can influence life expectancy


Rich men and women live longer than poor men and women, regardless of their zip code. But a new report reveals that some poor people live longer based on the city they live in. How can that data be used to improve wellness in other cities? Click for details and a video.

Broadband cost and access gaps weaken the potential of online learning


Online distance learning, which can make higher education more affordable and thus attainable, is increasing rapidly. But a new report suggests unequal access to broadband and the inability of some students to pay for it should have policymakers concerned. Find out why.

Utility assistance programs: A third-party portal can help build a greater community presence


With customer assistance programs, utilities can truly help people who struggle to pay their energy bills. Margaret Bellon of West Monroe Partners suggests several ways utility programs may have an even greater impact, including use of a third-party portal. Click for details.

Tech responds to urgent digital needs of Syrian refugees


One thing that sets today's refugee crisis apart from those of earlier eras is that people on the move today need connectivity, not only to stay in contact with loved ones but also to plan their new lives. Cisco and other tech companies are on the front lines providing that connectivity (and compassion).

How data (and IBM) are helping Memphis deal with 911 and healthcare challenges


Memphis Fire Department's EMS budget faces a serious shortfall – and the city's high poverty rate explains at least some of it. Short on money and transportation options to access basic healthcare, people call 911 for a free ride to the hospital. With IBM's data-crunching help, the city has compassionate ways to address the problem.