Solving Social Problems through Citizens’ Ideas
Seoul Metropolitan Government will implement “An Economy with Citizen’s Participation 2013 Seoul City Social Economic Ideas Contest” under its Citizens’ Participatory Social Economic Promotion Program, with the aim of encouraging citizens to pick out social issues and pressing problems and propose solutions to them. Last year’s first contest attracted strong support from the public, receiving about 1,000 bright ideas from enterprising citizens. The nine final teams, based on the citizens’ ideas – including Open Cabinet, Coffee Cube (C-owl), the Non-Profit IT Support Center, Fab Lab Seoul and Oneul (Today) Workshop – are bringing about a big bang in Seoul’s social economy by steadily conducting activities to establish businesses this year.
According to Seoul City, its social economic contests did not pay off as handsomely as hoped as they were not easily accessible to citizens, and the selected ideas did not receive sufficient follow-up support. As such, the city is planning to provide systematic support to ensure that the selected ideas work more effectively. Furthermore, those who start their own businesses will be connected with the city’s various support programs and the Seoul Metropolitan Social Economic Support Center.
Citizens who come up with potential solutions to Seoul’s social problems can submit their ideas via the Seoul Wiki Website (www.wikiseoul.com) from November 18 to December 20. Thereafter, Seoul Metropolitan Government will select the 100 best ideas via citizens’ votes, website comments and expert evaluations of the proposed ideas. The 100 selected teams will receive systematic support encompassing financial support for their projects (up to two million won), group workshops, mentoring, coaching and education by specialists, and connection with the networks and resources of Seoul Metropolitan Government and its public offices, from the end of December to February of next year, with the aim of transforming their ideas into reality.