WHEN ALL VILLAGE RESIDENTS
PUT THEIR MINDS TOGETHER,
THE VILLAGE BECOMES A SAFER AND
BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.
The Seoul Community Support Center (SCSC) has been in operation for almost three years, and since its establishment in August 2012, approximately 55,000 residents (as of December 2013) have participated in the village community project. Residents get a grasp of the village community project through consultations, touch the village community by taking hands-on courses and applying for support projects, and become deeply involved by implementing the selected projects.
Once you become “infatuated with” the village, namely, come to understand the true meaning of “living in an urban village community” you will be able to act as a representative of the village community in various ways, such as an instructor or consultant. Residents are free to share their difficulties and activities with their neighbors in the village, and in this way, the Relationship network within the village becomes stronger and deeper. To improve the capabilities of each resident, the SCSC supports education and training in each stage of growth as the village community activist and provides customized consulting services that meet each village’s particular needs. Also, it facilitates private-private/private-public governance to help reflect the opinions of villages and explores the village networks (by unit) and
their agendas (by theme) to discover and develop various models of village communities in Seoul. It takes time to create a community, or a village; and in order to deepen relationships and build trust amongst different people, time is essential. Thus, the Community Support Center will make every effort to ensure that the residents become the owners of their village communities by examining the advantages and disadvantages of the administrative system.
The Center will attempt to remove the barriers between itself and the village, and encourage residents to come up with creative ideas. Until our values find their way into the daily lives of all residents, the Center will work toward realizing the “Village Community, Seoul,” where residents have the power to become owners.
We look forward to your sincere cooperation.
head of the Seoul Community Support Center.