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6 fascinating talks charting informal economies6 fascinating talks charting informal economies

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

When we hear the phrase “the economy,” often the first images that pop to mind are crisp bills being printed in a government treasury, or suited traders wheeling and dealing on the floor of a stock exchange, or a mall where suburban shoppers buy T-shirts and sneakers before grabbing a Cinnabon. But as journalist Robert […]


System D, the informal economy: Robert Neuwirth at TEDGlobal 2012System D, the informal economy: Robert Neuwirth at TEDGlobal 2012

Posted By Ben Lillie

“In System D, this is a store,” says Robert Neuwirth as he shows a photo of a woman sitting on a plank beside a canal in Makoko in Lagos, a booming shantytown built on stilts over the water. It’s a place where “there are no streets where there are stores to shop, and so the shop comes […]


TEDxKibera: From a humble location comes a visionary event

Posted By TED Guest Author

On Saturday August 15, a TEDx event was held in Kibera, the largest squatter city in Africa and home to nearly a million Kenyans. Suraj Sudhakar, an Acumen Fellow, hosted the ambitious event. Sudhakar has begun several projects in low-income communities, from improving housing conditions through financial consolidation to sanitation by promotion of the Eco-toilet […]


Robert Neuwirth on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Robert Neuwirth, author of Shadow Cities, finds the world’s squatter sites — where a billion people now make their homes — to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour. Get TED delivered:Subscribe to the TEDTalks video podcast via RSS >>Subscribe to the iTunes video podcastSubscribe to the iTunes audio […]