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.

Steal these ideas: 9 innovative approaches to reducing youth unemployment


Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent suggests a "golden triangle" between business, government and civil society to address alarming youth unemployment rates around the world. His comments prompted us to look into innovative job creation initiatives and we found many -- from Kenya's digital gig economy to Anchorage's indoor farm to empowering geeks in Gaza.

Private and public sector leaders rank 2017's top global risks and opportunities


Last year's Global Opportunity Report ranked youth unemployment as the biggest risk facing cities. Read what 5,500 respondents identified as the biggest risks facing our world this year -- plus insights on how innovative partnerships and technologies can address them.

Getting smart about affordable housing: trending concepts worth a look


As affordable housing pressures escalate and inventory increases, we're seeing a wide range of smart and creative approaches to housing low-income residents emerge -- from energy net zero units to wellness-focused complexes to places for artists to live and work. Are any of them an answer for your city?

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.