Many occupations in the informal economy are not only important in their contribution to the GDP but also in their potential to build meaningful livelihoods that can shape the well-being of locals and cities alike. In the last part of the series, Sharyn Sassen explores the significance of informal economy occupations in creating better future cities.
Sharyn Sassen explores the possibilities of identifying the homeless as citizens. Challenging our perceptions and highlighting the role of city and citizens, she reimagines creative responses to the issues surrounding homelessness in Cape Town. This exploration illustrates how renewed ideals, informed citizenry and creative design could impact the well-being of marginalised individuals and contribute towards building a holistically better city.
Creating better lives for citizens should be on the agenda of every Mayor, but making sure that changes to a city are inclusive may be more complex. In this series Sharyn Sassen explores how our city’s strategies for progress can aggravate the marginalisation and compromise the well-being of its vulnerable citizens.