Mayor Park Won-soon met opinion leaders in New York, and discussed how to solve urban problems and asked for their collaboration with the SMG. The opinion leaders he spoke with are individuals who have presented solutions to social problems faced by the current generation.
One of the opinion leaders whom Mr. Park Won-soon visited to on Sept. 6 was Prof. Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University. He received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 for his information asymmetry theory. The two exchanged opinions on the subject of solutions to inequality, a problem of increasing severity in many areas such as income, education, regional development, and politics.
The SMG announced the vision of Seoul, A City of Economic Democratization last February in a bid to put an end to inequalities, imbalances throughout society, and injustices through an all-out effort and help all people share the benefits of economic growth.
Mr. Park Won-soon also met with Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. The two exchanged opinions on innovative organizational growth, expansion of the functions of press media through diversification, and a change in the flow of the American press media through the operation of media in which people participate.