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.

4 ways to improve energy efficiency programs for low-income households


Low-income households often have higher-than-average energy costs due to older and less-efficient appliances and poor insulation. What can cities and utilities do to help those who need it most? Read about four best practices highlighted in a new ACEEE report.

Closing the digital divide: Public housing goes gigabit


The Salford Council in Greater Manchester, UK is rolling out gigabit broadband service across its social housing units. Resident "digital champions" will help train neighbors not yet Internet savvy. Gigabit services are also showing up in subsidized housing complexes in the U.S. Is your city keeping up?

Tough public health challenges? IBM's new grant program (and tech) may solve them


Cities and other organizations are invited to propose public health projects for IBM's health and technology experts to solve. Up to five winners will be chosen later this year for pro bono engagements with an estimated value of $500,000 each. Deadline is April 20; click for details on how to apply.

A workforce training strategy that helps economic development and the disadvantaged


The technologies smart cities depend on require well-trained professionals capable of maintaining and managing them. It's the same for electric utilities. Read the story to learn how Schneider Electric is ensuring a continuous supply of high-tech talent for the energy industry -- and helping disadvantaged students. You may get some ideas about collaboration strategies your city can use.

African leader: Ending extreme poverty isn't enough; we must embrace technology


Rwandan President Paul Kagame told the Next Einstein Forum in Senegal that being consumers of technology developed elsewhere won't create wealth in Africa. The continent, he said, must look beyond just ending extreme poverty and embrace technological advancement. Read how he thinks that can happen.

How mobile accessible digital platforms reduce youth unemployment


A survey of business, government and social leaders across five continents identified youth unemployment as one of the world's most pressing concerns – and opportunities. Learn what the survey reveals about using digital technology as a force for good in an era of high joblessness and the rise of robots.

How the Poverty Stoplight assessment tool empowers the poor


In a 30-minute online assessment, poor people visualize the dimensions of their poverty and map a way out. Developed by a microfinance organization in Paraguay, the Poverty Stoplight tool is now being used in 18 countries. Would it work in your community? Click to find out.

Internet, big data helping Chinese province alleviate big poverty


Leaders in the Chinese province of Guizhou have built what they call a "poverty alleviation cloud." The electronic platform pools data from a variety of sources to learn more about residents living below the poverty line so they can be helped in a more precise and targeted way. It seems to be working. Click for details.

Survey spotlights families often left behind as technology advances


How real is the digital divide in the U.S.? A survey of 1,191 low- and moderate-income households with school-age children found that nine in 10 do have some form of Internet connection. But the quality of those connections is putting many children at risk. Find out why.