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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A collaboration between an international development charity and a UK university will explore how 3D printing technology can help some of the world's poorest people. Read about one of their first projects in Lima, Peru.
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.
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.
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.
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.