Community Building Project
Seoul “Community Building Project” is a resident-led project in which all stages of the task including community project proposal, planning, implementation and follow-up management are executed by the residents themselves. The project will provide comprehensive assistance to all activities that help residents create a sense of community seeking common interests and necessary tasks for the community. In addition, the project will present training, consulting, and counseling for community building. To encourage participation of the residents, the project is always open to resident suggestions throughout the year. Any community with a sense of common problem awareness and voluntary implementation can file for “Community Building Project.”
Therefore, all activities that involve community gathering (community café), communal nurturing and caring (communal child-care), healthy discussion (energy independence/safe village), job creation (community business), and common festiveness (community festival) apply to “Community Building Project.”
After materializing “Community Building Project,” SMG newly established Community Building Division under Seoul Innovation Bureau for implementation of the project. Community Building Division focuses on building foundation of the project, while creating public & private sector governance in which private experts and community activities participate, thereby setting the structure and way forward for the project and drafting the contents.
SMG announced “Act on Community Building Support” in March 2012, held an academic seminar on the topic in April, and organized a citizens’ forum in May to collect citizens’ opinions. The Seoul Institute led a basic study on communities of the entire city has been led by the Seoul Institute, established and presented the basic plan as a platform for the project in September 2012.
Currently SMG received 48 applications (24 applications for resident community activity support and 24 applications for community space management) on April 12th, and selected 19 applications (10 community support applications and 9 space management applications) after conducting field studies and evaluations.
Through the Community Activity Support Project, SMG provides support tailored to meet diverse resident needs from welfare, economy, to culture, assisting “small, easy, and fun” community projects. In addition, Community Space Management Project aims to nurture diverse communities in early stages by building multi-purpose community spaces where residents can gather and communicate with each other.
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