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.
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.
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?
Examining data from a program that tracked 12,000 children's educational journey in four countries for over 15 years prompted a warning from University of Cambridge academics: Current efforts to close gaps in access to higher ed may need a reset.
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.
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.
Now in its third year, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator supports innovations in education technology that promote student success. For profits and nonprofits selected for the program receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship. Application deadline is Feb. 7.
One downside to a cashless society is that it's more difficult to help out a homeless person. To counter that, a Dutch ad agency designed a warm winter coat with a built-in terminal that people simply tap with a contactless payment card to donate a euro. A prototype is currently being tested, with early feedback reportedly positive.
A social services management solution created by University of Washington students to improve processes in child welfare, foster care and homeless youth systems is expanding, thanks to $5 million in new funding.
Using case management software from Eccovia Solutions and Microsoft advanced analytics technology, homeless service providers can gain insights that enable more timely and targeted support for their at-risk clients. Read why this pilot is being called a game changer.
With the GiveSafe app on a smartphone, people walking the streets of Seattle can read the stories of homeless people they pass by and, if they wish, make a safe, cashless donation to help meet the person's needs – groceries, bus fare, maybe a haircut.