Leading with our heads, our hands – and our hearts
It feels like yesterday that I was signing off for 2013 and planning for a time of family and friends, rest and respite. I should’ve known that by bringing the year in in Delhi (an extraordinary place – crazy, colourful and frenetic – with a population of over 22-million) that the year ahead would arrive, fast, furious, and frenetic. 2014 is here indeed.
At times like this, it’s good to remind yourself what you’re about, and what’s matters most. In the context of the Cape Town Partnership, that comes down to people: the importance of people and human relationships in our work and to our city. What does that mean, in the year of World Design Capital and 20 years of democracy? IDEO CEO Tim Brown defines design as a human-centred problem-solving process; whereas self-taught local designer Stephen Lamb goes one step further: He speaks of human-hearted design that begins with and builds on a profound sense of empathy and connection. It’s about work that builds bridges and crosses divides. And perhaps this is closest to what I mean when I speak about our work in the context of World Design Capital and the year of elections: work that doesn’t just have people at its centre, but at its heart. Work whose legacy is a shared future and a more cohesive, accepting, welcoming city – a place where people can live a life of dignity.
This year will be about work done – not just for people, but with them – using our heads, our hands and our hearts.
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My Urban Heart is a fortnightly Cape Times column written by Cape Town Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, during this, her second column, she asks the question: How do we involve all Capetonians in our commitment to create an engaged society across social and economic barriers?
Band frontman, travel writer and poet, Toast Coetzer reflects on the idea of being made in Cape Town for this February 2014 edition of Molo.
My Urban Heart is a column written by Cape Town Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana in which she discusses living, working, playing and parenting in Cape Town. It appears fortnightly on Wednesdays in the Cape Times newspaper.
To start off our new series featuring ordinary citizens who have made a difference to the people and city of Cape Town, Molo meets with longstanding activist and director of local urban NGO the Development Action Group, Josette Cole, as part of the Made in Cape Town edition.