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.

Water scarcity worse than we thought – but smart solutions flow


The World Economic Forum says a new study on water scarcity makes the crisis even bigger than previously thought. But the good news is, intriguing solutions are emerging – from mobile desalination systems to well water sensors to a new awareness-building app on the way from Itron.

Neighborhood hopes tech and wellness hub will break cycle of poverty and incarceration


More than 30 organizations are partnering to improve digital literacy and public health in one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. Read what this ambitious effort, which features a technology and wellness hub, hopes to accomplish.

Cut food waste in half? $130M tech-centric initiative intends to point the way


The Rockefeller Foundation launched its YieldWise initiative to show the world how food waste and loss can be cut in half by 2030 – hopeful news for the 1.2 billion people who go to bed hungry or under-nourished every night. Learn how they plan to do it and the role technology will play.

Mobile operators take on global poverty and the gender gap


GSMA represents mobile operators around the world and has a track record in delivering life-enhancing mobile solutions in developing countries. GSMA recently partnered with the UK government to take on extreme poverty and announced an effort to end the mobile gender gap. Learn what Ooredoo and other GSMA members hope to accomplish.

World Bank official: Technology can plug poverty and inequality gaps


In an opinion piece for the Bangkok Post, World Bank's SE Asia Country Director Ulrich Zachau explains how digital technology can increase access to capital and reduce income equality. And he lists three priorities for harnessing the Internet for positive change and empowerment. It's worth reading.