Being a Southern Innovator: An Urban Guide
In researching this issue of the magazine, we identified some common tips from other urban dwellers who have found a way to make a living and improve their lives.
Across the global South, cities are growing fast. Some cities are doing this in a very organized and planned way, but the experience for most people is far more chaotic and haphazard. In this issue’s scenario, we lay out the steps to take for someone who has arrived in a fast-growing city and is staying with relatives until he/she obtains a steady income. Arriving in the sprawling suburbs, in a city with high rates of poverty, what will our innovator do? Currently sleeping on the floor of a makeshift shack owned by a relative, our innovator had left a depressing life in a rural home town many kilometres away. Dreaming of becoming a nurse and having a family, our innovator has life savings of US$100 to get his/her new life going. What should he/she do to get closer to his/her dreams in the big city?