Seoul Sharing City

110 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Source: Shareable
Country Korea
City Seoul
Name Sharing City Seoul
Date 2012
Description Since SMG (Seoul Metropolitan Government)’s declaration as a ‘Sharing City’ in 2012, SMG has solved various problems such as transportation, parking, residential, environmental issues through sharing policies.

SMG selected 64 sharing companies that provide services that are of public interest or benefit to citizens, and has designated them as ‘Sharing companies of Seoul’ over the past 3 years. These companies can use the branding of ‘Sharing Seoul’ and receive grants. SMG gave subsidies of around $ 6.3Mn to sharing companies. As a result, some sharing companies has made a remarkable achievement. In particular, the car sharing company Socar was privately funded around 6 – million dollars from domestic enterprises in 2015.

In addition, to promote and spread the culture of sharing to citizens, SMG opened public spaces tocitizens who can use it for meetings, conferences and group activities and so on. 1,145 facilities havebeen used 230,000 times by the citizens of the city of Seoul.

SMG is focusing on public-private governance model. The concept of ‘Sharing’ economy attracted attention everywhere during the global crisis in 2008. Seoul City is unique as the sharing policies were led by the city government as a city policy rather than the private sector’s. Seoul City is spreading policies with collaboration of citizens and district level governments as partners. SMG collected opinions from sharing activists, experts and citizens to promote ‘Sharing’ before starting this project.

Urban Co-Governance Weak
Enabling State Moderate
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice Moderate
Project Website
References, sources, contact person(s) Sharing City Seoul, South Korea.

Source: Interview to Seonae Kwon, head of the city government’s team in charge of the program; website.

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Added: 8.06.18