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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.

Latest data on homelessness in U.S. reveals progress, but so much more to do


There's good news on the homeless front, with data suggesting a continuing decline in homelessness among veterans, families and people with chronic disabilities. But the latest numbers also raise concerns that community leaders shouldn't ignore. Click for details.

UNICEF Innovation Fund invests in tech startups working to improve children's lives


Taking a cue from Silicon Valley, the United Nations announced its first round of investments in five emerging market tech startups with open source solutions designed to improve lives of vulnerable children. The fund is now taking applications for its next investment round.

Feeding the hungry: Digital giving options expand (and so does the need)


From a pay-it-forward takeout app to online red kettles and virtual food drives, opportunities to help the hungry have definitely gone digital. Click for a look at several clever approaches designed to encourage charitable clicking. Will they work in your community?

Social inclusion in action: Facebook connects lonely seniors with voluntary grandchildren


A Bolivian charity uses a social media strategy to bring joy to lonely seniors by recruiting young people to engage with them. With an aging global population, it's a compassionate model worth exploring elsewhere -- a way to promote social inclusion that benefits both generations.

Energy and water efficiency pilot is helping food banks cut utility bills, redirect savings


A three-year pilot at Feeding America food banks is demonstrating how investing in sustainable energy and water efficiency programs can cut utility costs and make more money available to support their mission. Learn how well it's working in Tuscaloosa.

Blaming and shaming isn't the solution to drug addiction (but technology could be)


Policymakers from around the world were in Baltimore recently for a conference on opioid dependence and better ways to treat it. The UN's drug prevention chief had strong words about what's not working, so we rounded up a few promising tech-focused approaches.

India's VP: We can fight poverty with 21st century libraries


Hamid Ansari describes himself as a bookworm. But India's vice president makes a case for digital information – via smart libraries – as an equalizer that can help more people participate in today's knowledge-driven economic growth. Click for more on that plus a look at digital trends in public libraries.