How to Share With Just Friends

How to share with just friends.

Posted by Facebook on Friday, December 5, 2014

Thank you very much. I am deeply honored to receive the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. I am terribly sorry that I could not be in Gothenburg to receive this award in person, and I sincerely apologize to all of the participants.

November 1st marked the 5th year since I was sworn in as Mayor of Seoul. So I feel as if this award is a special present for me as Icelebrate 5 years as mayor. It also was a chance for me to look back on my long journey as a civic activist-turned-mayor and my strong commitment to make Seoul a new and better city.

I was elected with the pledge of providing eco-friendly and free-of-charge lunches in schools. This was the first policy that I signed after being inaugurated. Since then, I have pursued free childcare, free college tuition, youth allowance, and many other initiatives so that Korea can become a country that provides universal healthcare and that respects the rights of laborers.

Of course, not all of the initiatives that I have pursued were successful.

Some were not carried out due to opposition from the central government, and some due to lack of consensus in society. But I believe that direction is more important than speed. I believe that going together is more important than going alone. I believe in the power of collective wisdom. Thus I have opened up the city administration to the citizens, and I am sharing the process of policymaking with the citizens and communicating with them constantly.

The Sharing City Seoul initiative was also pursued with a similar process.

I asked, and the citizens answered. We were in communication with each other, and we were experiencing innovation and change together.

What is sharing city? Why is sharing city necessary?

Through numerous discussions, we were reminded of the fact that cities are originally the platform for sharing and that our culture used to have a tradition of sharing. And we came to the conclusion that sharing could be the key to solving many of the problems in our city.

Nowadays, many citizens are deliberating about what they can share and how they can share it. They are conducting various experiments with sharing.

I believe that Gothenburg has given me this award, not because of the success of Seoul, but because of the challenge of Seoul. Sharing City Seoul is not yet complete. It has only just begun. Even now, Sharing City Seoul continues to evolve.

For example, there were some difficulties regarding Uber. There still is a lack of awareness and understanding about sharing. And sharing economy still is a non-mainstream concept. But what we see now is not everything.

What we cannot see is more important. Our challenges and accumulated experiences will create new opportunities and possibilities that will go beyond our expectations. This year’s Davos Forum predicted that the era of sharing economy would begin in 2025. Indeed, the 4th Industrial Revolution wil laccelerate sharing economy. Sharing economy may have remained in online space before, but it will move towards online and offline converged space soon, and will eventually spread to all aspects of our lives. Sharing economy is providing new economic opportunities to the citizens. Sharing city is about returning the rights to the city back to the citizens.

So it is about the citizens becoming the rightful owners of the city and the economy. Of course, the way to doing that should be sustainable. So in a sustainable way, we are dreaming of a city for all, and an economy for all.

But to make all of this possible, something is required. And that is, Res Publica. The spirit of the republic. A republic is the peak of sharing. The ideal of a republic is to create a nation where all people, not just one person or a few people, can call their own. Sovereignty of a nation lies in the hands of all of the people, not just one person.

Currently, the Republic of Korea is standing in front of a juncture – we will either move forward as a democratic republic, or we will move backward.

The citizens are lighting their candles to represent their commitment to overcome this age of darkness. They are protesting and rallying and marching. We are deep into the night, but this means we are also close to dawn.

We will see dawn soon.
I have a dream, a song to sing. To help me cope, with anything.
If you see the wonder, of a fairy tale. You can take the future, even if you fail. I have a dream, a fantasy. To help me through, reality. And my destination, makes it worth the while. Pushing through the darkness, still another mile.
The lyrics to “I Have A Dream” by ABBA represents my heart.

We have a dream. It is not a pipe dream. The awareness of the citizens and the action of the citizens are what will make the dream come true. The answer lies in the citizens. I may be receiving this award, as Mayor of Seoul. But the win goes to the 10 million citizens of Seoul. I believe in the power of the citizens, and I promise to continue to stand by the citizens.

Sharing City Seoul starts in earnest today. I will continue to communicate and interact with the citizens of Seoul, and furthermore, the citizens of the world. Together with the citizens of the world, I will continue to develop sharing in Seoul. All of the processes and all of the results will be shared with cities around the world.

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the organizers of the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development for their time and effort and cooperation.

Thank you very much.



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