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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.

Elk Grove's smart idea: Using social media to feed the hungry


Elk Grove, California is using social media to feed the hungry by connecting those in need with those who have excess food that would otherwise go to waste -- farmers, food brokers and restaurants, for example. Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis calls it 'innovative common sense.' We agree. Learn how the program works.

Connecting the dots between smarter schools and smarter cities


Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is taking on the "30 million word gap" to improve early childhood literacy with specialized "word pedometers." The schools chief in Atlanta expects his district's digital eClass program with IBM will improve his city's competitiveness. Read more about initiatives that are connecting the dots between smart technology, smart schools and smart cities.

Using technology to tackle truancy


In some U.S. cities, school truancy rates may be as high as 30% -- which typically triggers poor academic performance and increased dropout rates. It hurts a student's future prospects, of course, but also takes a toll on the local tax base. Learn how schools in Seattle and Des Moines are addressing the problem and get details on a new online program from a Florida company that aims to re-engage truant youth.

Apps in the hood: A lesson in getting L.A. kids off the streets and into Stanford


A program designed to develop kids from South L.A. and Watts into a new generation of community and technology leaders is getting high marks, according to VentureBeat. Learn what the URBAN.Txt program is doing right and why it wants to be a model for other cities.