Social Innovations are launched by a variety of actors, including research institutions, companies and independent organizations, which tend to use their respective definitions of Social Innovation. Therefore, it is worth discussing what distinguishes it from other forms of social work or innovation. Social Innovation focuses on the process of innovation, how innovation and change take shape as opposed to the more traditional definition of innovation, giving priority to the internal organization of firms and their productivity.
Share via Email Urban landscapes are now the most visible sign of gross inequality, modern glass and steel skyscrapers abutting makeshift shacks. David Levene for the Guardian The world is urbanising at an alarming rate with alarming results.
Urban landscapes are now the most visible sign of gross inequality, modern glass and steel skyscrapers abutting makeshift shacks; people sleeping on the pavement silhouetted against the neon signs of multinational corporations. Our urban centres have become polarised: Urbanisation is now a classic tale of the haves and have nots, where some profit immensely while others struggle to survive, the result of policies and state inaction that has elevated some people at the expense of others.
One of the most tragic manifestations of this sort of inequality is persistent and growing homelessness — people left without the protection of a physical space or the security that their inherent human rights should offer. People trying to escape homelessness are scuppered at every turn Read more Homelessness presents itself in different ways in different contexts.
The most common and visible are those who are forced to live in the open — they sleep, eat and stay in public spaces, often subject Societal inequalities foster homelessness in the daily public scrutiny, condemnation and sometimes violence.
Others are invisible and thus neglected, particularly in the global south where homelessness manifests in very precarious housing conditions without basic services and security of tenure.
Inequality is the most consistently identified cause of homelessness, and yet homelessness is the least discussed representation of inequality.
Perhaps this is because homelessness is too often attributed to individual circumstances and moral failures, when in fact its causes are primarily structural and fundamentally linked to the prevailing ideology of the free market.
Unfair distribution of land and property, occurring on a global scale, relegates an increasing number of the most vulnerable to a life in the margins. Homelessness is the result of government acquiescence to real estate speculation — a result of treating housing as a commodity rather than a human right.
It is rooted in a global privileging of wealth and power, while scapegoating and scorning those who have little.
The common denominator in all of this is government policies that are inconsistent with human rights — neglecting or failing to respond adequately to the needs of the most disadvantaged in response to crises or economic developments. San Francisco tech worker: The response should be clear: A good start would be for states to immediately create national strategies based on human rights — including through legislation — which ensure open, accountable monitoring and review mechanisms, as well as avenues to claim the right to housing for those who continue to live in homelessness.
Advocates, lawyers and media have a role in this as well — ensuring that homelessness is understood as a failure of states to implement the right to adequate housing, and helping the invisible to be seen as rights holders.
This might encourage government responses to move beyond charitable approaches to homelessness, focused on addressing individual needs, to approaches aimed at addressing structural causes and restoring justice and dignity to those for whom that matters most. As the world begins what will surely be intense discussions about the new urban agenda culminating at Habitat III the global conference on housing sustainable urban developments in Octoberhomelessness must be at the top of the list of issues to tackle.
She will be presenting her report on homelessness to the UN human rights council on 3 March and hosting a side-event in Geneva on 4 March.
Join the Guardian Housing Network to read more pieces like this. Follow us on Twitter GuardianHousing and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest social housing news and views.Social inequality is the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society.
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