Solve is an MIT initiative to develop solutions that improve the lives of the world's at-risk populations. If you have innovative ideas for improving outcomes in refugee education, chronic disease or carbon reduction, click to learn how you can participate in Solve's 2016 challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Submissions are being accepted through Nov. 24 for the first Not Impossible Awards honoring innovations that represent progress toward a better planet and support UN Sustainable Development Goals. Winners will be showcased at CES 2017.
One message that came through loud and clear on Nov. 8 is that large numbers of voters from coast to coast support efforts to help the homeless and build more affordable housing units in their cities -- even when it means reaching into their own pockets.
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.
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.