Congratulatory address at the opening ceremony of the Seoul Community Support Center
Date: September 11, 2012
Venue: Seoul Community Support Center
Thank you for coming to this opening ceremony of the Seoul Community Support Center. The Center represents the first step of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s community project. I would like to thank the residents and activists who demonstrated the feasibility and value of a village community in their own lives. I also extend my deepest appreciation to the members of the village community committee who advised me on the goals of Seoul’s village community project, as well as city council members, including vice chairman Seong Baek-Jin of the Seoul Metropolitan Council, No Hyeon-song, the head of Gangseo-gu Office, who showed an example of community administration, and Kim Wu-yeong, the head of Eunpyeong-gu Office.
Today, the Seoul Village Community Plan will be presented. This plan is the result of nine months of meetings and discussions with Seoul citizens and activists, and is based on an analysis of existing villages as well as the opinions and aspirations of citizens regarding villages.
The Seoul Community Support Center will be operated based on the vast experiences of citizens, and will support all activities—from project guidance and education to planning, implementation, and management. I look forward to seeing the dynamic activities of the center.
The goal of the project is to build a generous, loving, sustainable city where people are genuinely happy and care for each other. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will make spaces for us to live and create memories, cultivate a culture where people care for their neighbors, and promote autonomous cultural and economic activities so as to lay the groundwork for the realization of a modest level of self-sufficiency.
Various such communities are already being run in 240 residential areas throughout Seoul, and 85 of them are now able to explore and carry out their own agendas without administrative support.
It is clear that neighborhood communities, which have long been my personal dream, are possible in Seoul. Such projects are always for the citizens, and the beneficiaries of the projects are the citizens as well.
I hope the citizens of Seoul do not work alone.
Neighborhood communities will help us grow. Thank you.