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.

Between a rock and a hard place: Digital inclusion remains elusive for many


Kids in Ghana use rocks they found in the schoolyard to learn how a computer mouse works. There's no computer in their school, so the teacher improvises. From rural Ghana to neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the digital divide is real – and so are efforts to end it. See some examples involving Huawei, Microsoft and others.

More off-the-street strategies: It's not the data, it's what you do with it


Cities are steeped in data – but as many are discovering, it's what you do with it that matters if you're trying to get homeless people the help they need. Learn about NYC's new StreetSmart app, benefits of data-pooling in Bristol and Salt Lake County's homeless system overhaul.

No vacation for hunger: Apps and maps lead kids to summer lunch sites


When school adjourns for the summer, many children who rely on school lunches for a nutritious mid-day meal have to look elsewhere to fill the void. Read how a Minneapolis app, the USDA's digital map and other community-based efforts in libraries and hospitals are making it easier.

From Cessnock to Dallas: 7 encouraging efforts to curtail the youth jobs crisis


In Brisbane, youth unemployment hit a 17-year high in March and Greece recorded a 47.9% youth jobless rate a month earlier. Some are calling this global crisis a ticking time bomb. Can it be diffused? Click for a look at public and private entities trying to do just that.

Off-the-street strategies: Honolulu calls its new 'homeless court' a success story


Operating since January, the Community Outreach Court in Honolulu has cleared a backlog of 268 cases. More importantly, it's moved homeless defendants into services and several into housing. Read more about the court and three other new initiatives to help the homeless.