In Seoul of 10 million citizens,
for every citizen to “live together in community”,
earning respect and recognitionin
These days, it is difficult to greet each other, seeing each other’s face. Even so, at some moments, we realize that people help out each other and share what they have with others. That is when we discovered a donation notice sent by a child aid organization in a neighbor’s post box and saw young people provide cups of hot tea for the elderly in their community. The projects to support communities probably started from people’s determination to support this kind of ‘being together’ mindset in earnest.
Community meetings that we started since we like people, small and big affairs which we willingly dealt with for our families and neighbors.
The reason why we have invested people and money in these kinds of meetings and affairs by handling them as Seoul Metropolitan Government’s business duties is because such policy is “a transformational value” which is essential for Seoul, a big city where about 10 million people live.
However, if a governing body unilaterally designs policies for communities and public officials implement the policies, neither systems customized for diverse local issues nor residents’ capabilities to resolve the issues by themselves can be built. Therefore, Seoul Community Support Center has supported community projects as an intermediary organization bridging between residents and the governing body to “realize a community where residents make a plan depending on their necessities and build by themselves” since 2012.
“What makes us live exists in the future and there is hope in people’s warmth and indication of people being around. We can find alternative ways of life from caring each other together and sharing.”
Seoul Metropolitan Government’s projects to support communities have been conducted for last five years as part of experiments for community policies and governance between the private-private and the private- public to be actively implemented and to discover diverse community models.
Celebrating the second era (2018~2022) of community policies, we intend to focus more on the structure to fully support intermediary organizations of autonomous districts for the next five years for supporting citizens living in every corner of 25 districts by approaching them more closely.
■ We will consistently suggest the structure that residents’ needs are properly reflected in community projects conducted by area.
■ We will prove and visualize major achievement of community projects and consistently tells residents values of “being citizen-centered and resident-centered” in the name of an intermediary organization of Seoul Metropolitan Government.
All of these processes will not be tough since we will find answers together with residents. We grow in wonderful experience as more and more people participate everyday and each other is connected so that they laugh together. We will move forward for the next 10 years as we have slogged our way through all of our works for last five years.
Hopefully, we can build a community where everyone of us will be happy together with you.
Head of Seoul Community Support Center