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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.

New data exchange promotes partnerships that use privately held data for public good


The idea behind is to encourage data exchanges between private companies, research institutions, government agencies and others to help solve complex social problems. Click to read some success stories of this model in action.

New HUD guide highlights data-driven strategies to improve school performance


Strengthening educational outcomes for children living in public housing is the goal of a data-sharing roadmap just released by HUD. It provides guidance on how schools, public housing agencies and other stakeholders can partner to help kids succeed. Click to learn more and download a copy.

Apps for the elderly and disabled shine in Israeli Social Impact Hackathon


Teaming with developers and tech giants, a humanitarian assistance organization in Israel recently hosted its first Social Impact Hackathon to encourage solutions that assist vulnerable populations. Learn how the winning ideas could help the elderly and disabled.

How healthy is your city? New online dashboard helps cities target risk factors


An online data visualization tool currently being piloted in four U.S. cities offers a city-level understanding of risk factors and health conditions to help leaders target priorities. Read what Waco, Texas City Manager Dale Fisseler says he's already learned from the tool.

Voices from Davos: Leaders promote tech-focused routes out of poverty


Paypal's CEO says revolutionizing the financial system would lift millions out of poverty. Rwanda's president argues digital connectivity is the pathway to prosperity. See if you agree with what leaders at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting are saying about how to end income inequality.

Will ordering groceries online lead to healthier choices by food stamp recipients?


Seven retailers – Amazon and Safeway among them – were chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a two-year pilot offering food stamp recipients in seven states the opportunity to order and pay for groceries online. The goal is to increase access to healthy foods for low-income families and individuals. Will it work?

Novel approaches take on food waste (and hunger and GHGs too)


Malaysian teens call their mobile food surplus app Robin Food; in Brazil restaurant diners are encouraged to eat a little less but pay full price to help combat child hunger and malnutrition. Read about more novel efforts around the world to reduce food waste, hunger and greenhouse gases.

Lessons from Asheville: Solving community problems with data


Asheville, NC's civic hackers are using data to help their city's vulnerable populations – from working with a homeless coalition to helping the city find jobs and housing for formerly incarcerated people. The Asheville initiatives are part of a national effort to help underserved citizens.