Singapore is an island city-state teeming with people, but not enough arable land to feed them without relying heavily on imports. But that's changing. Panasonic is producing 81 tons of fresh greens annually under LED lights in a Singapore warehouse – and it wants to do even more.
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.
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.
Community-based strategies that address the intersection of opioid addiction and homelessness and advances in healthcare technologies to relieve pain without opioids are among current efforts to save lives.
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.
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?
More sustainable and effective crop production can reduce hunger and poverty and make communities stronger. Read about some fascinating new tech-based efforts to optimize agriculture, from India to Western Australia.
The idea behind DataCollaboratives.org 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.
So much buzz today around artificial intelligence and its potential impact on business, the economy and jobs. But what about AI's potential for helping humanity and improving lives? Click for a look at some of the possibilities coming from IBM and elsewhere.
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.
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.