Toward the Urban Commons of Conviviality


Today, the ‘City’ is remarked in terms of social innovation

The reason is not only because of the ‘paradox of the city’, where the population, resources, and output of the city are rapidly increasing, but inequality, discrimination, democratic retreat, and ecological destruction are seriously degrading. Another reason is that the city, which has experiences, relationships, diversities and differences, is full of thousands of wisdom and alternatives that can lead us to a new future against the paradox.

Social innovation must ensure that the paradox and the wisdom are creatively connected. This connection will bring us the city as a ‘collaborative arts’ and a ‘urban commons’, allowing all those who live in or come and go to the city to ‘own’ the city together.


“Owning the city together” means that enjoying the city all together.

It means that the city is a place for freedom and conviviality of diverse and different individuals. Social innovation thus must transform urban space from the one of inequality and discrimination among people into a righteous, equal and free one. In addition, social innovation should enable the social disadvantaged of the city to be freed from their suffering and become the subject of conviviality. It transforms the life of self-development for competition and consumption into a life of friendship and hospitality for freedom, dignity, and symbiosis, and enables us to imagine and create a more free and dignified life-cycle.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.

<A Tale of Two Cities> by Charles Dickens, 1859

2019 FIF will pay attention to ‘Urban Commons’ and ‘City as Commons’.

Along with the vision of the city for all, 2019 FIF will start with a critical reflection of ‘Sharing city Seoul’, which was declared in 2012 by Seoul Metropolitan Government. Through this, 2019 FIF will look for with you the key conditions under which Seoul can develop into ‘City as Commons’. This ‘transition’ is to build Seoul into a ‘distributed and resilient’ urban system and to expand the democratic realm where all enjoy the rights to the city. This transition will be an important attempt to overcome urban inequality and discrimination.

Along with the vision of the city for all, 2019 FIF will start with a critical reflection of ‘Sharing city Seoul’, which was declared in 2012 by Seoul Metropolitan Government. Through this, 2019 FIF will look for with you the key conditions under which Seoul can develop into ‘City as Commons’. This ‘transition’ is to build Seoul into a ‘distributed and resilient’ urban system and to expand the democratic realm where all enjoy the rights to the city. This transition will be an important attempt to overcome urban inequality and discrimination.

Welcome Speech
Park, Won-Soon (Mayor of Seoul)

Elected as the Mayor of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the capital city of Korea, for the first time in 2011, Park Won-soon was re-elected twice in 2014 and 2018, respectively, becoming the first mayor to hold the post over three terms. Today, he is leading the government based on communication and innovation.

Previously, Mayor Park stood at the center of Korea's democratization and human rights movement as a human rights lawyer. In his role as a civil rights activist, he opened the era of civil movement in the Korean society. He also established a charity foundation and generated a buzz around sharing and giving, and led social innovation by creation a private sector think tank. He has been at the forefront of transforming outdated social systems and thought as a social designer.

Mayor Park was recognized internationally for his activities with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006, which is also known as the Nobel Peace Prize of Asia.

As the first civil rights activist to become the mayor of Seoul Metropolitan City, he continues to realize the value of "citizens are the mayor" through governance and innovative administration. He stands by the citizens as the doors to the future of Seoul open.

Furthermore, focusing on the importance of inter-city cooperation beyond national borders, Mayor Park has assumed various leadership roles in international organizations including the chair of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), chair of the World e-Governments Organization (WeGo), first chair of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), and chair of CityNet, thereby leading the efforts to address urban problems faced by the international community.

Opening Remarks
Lee, Seoung-won
(Director of Seoul FIF 2019)

After completing the Doctoral Program in Ideology and Discourse Analysis at University of Essex, UK, Dr. Lee served as the Director of the Social Innovation Research Lab at Seoul Innovation Park, and currently works at the Center for Asian Urban Societies, Seoul National University (SNU CAUS) and teaching social innovation, urban transition, and democracy at Kyunghee University and Kyunghee Cyber University. He also participates in social movements and policy-making processes related to urban transition, urban commons, social innovation, direct democracy and public-citizen collaborative governance.

Keynote address

Michel Bauwens



Christian Iaione


session speaker

Session ①-a Platform and Urban Commons

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PAIK, Wook Inn

< Presentation >LEE, Kwangsuk



< Presentation >CHO, Heejung



< Presentation >LEE, Sangdon


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Trebor Scholz
< Discussion >
AHN, Yeonjung
< Discussion >
LIM, Junghee
< Discussion >
HONG, Ghibin

< Discussion >Mayo Fuster Morell


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KWON, Beomchul
session speaker

Session ①-b Resilience and Urban Commons


< Presentation >SHIM, Hanbyu


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KIM, Soyoung
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KIM, Sangyoun
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Ezio Manzini
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KIM, Mookhan
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KIM, Hyunwoo
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HAN, Gwanghyun
session speaker

Session ②-a Platform and Urban Commons

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KIM, Wangbae

< Presentation >KIM, Junsoo


< Discussion >
HWANG, Jintae

< Presentation >KIM, Jihye


< Discussion >
AHN, Saerom

< Presentation >CHOI, Heejin


< Discussion >
LEE, Taeyoung
< General Discussion >
JIN, Narae
< General Discussion >
LEE, Soyo
< General Discussion >
HONG, Sang-U
< General Discussion >
CHOI, Hanee
< General Discussion >
SHIN, Hyogeun
session speaker

Session ②-b Resilience and Urban Commons

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PARK, Baegyoon
< Video >
JUNG, Yongtaek

< Presentation >KIM, Sangchul



< Presentation >LIM, Hyomook



< Presentation >Neal Gorenflo



< Presentation >JUNG, Keehwang



< Discussion >NAM, Eunkyung


< Discussion >
LEE, Wonho

< Discussion >CHO, Sungchan


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CHUN, Eunho
< Assistant >
HONG, Dasom
International Advisory Committee
Geoff Mulgan
레이어 4
Gabriella Gomez-Mont
Ada Wong
Ezio Manzini
Sunit Shrestha
Louise Pulford
Peter Ramsten
The Programme
Oct. 1. (Tue)
Part 1 : Who owns our cities?
Opening Remarks : Lee, Seoung-won (Director of Seoul FIF 2019)
Welcome Speech : Park, Won-soon (Mayor of Seoul)
Round-Up Discussions :  From ‘Sharing City’ to ‘Urban Commons’

1. Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation)
"a next project of the ‘Sharing Seoul’ of the megacity Seoul from the perspective of the urban commons (tentative)"

2. Christian Iaione (LUISS Guido Carli University)
"Meaning of making a civil regulation on commons for the future of the ‘Sharing Seoul’ and Seoul’s new task (tentative)"

(Moderator) Bae-gyun Park (Seoul National University)
(Participants) Won-soon Park(the Mayor of Seoul), Michel Bauwens,
Christian Iaione, Ezio Manzini(Politecnico di Milano),
Kwang-Suk Lee(Seoul National University of Science and Techno)
Part 2 : The city for all, How is it possible?
Sessions (1)

① Urban Commons & Co-Creation ② Urban Commons & Democracy
a. Platform and Urban Commons
How to Build the Commoning Platforms in Cities?
a. Who owns the urban-nature?
Urban Commons against Inequality
Break Time
Sessions (2)

① Urban Commons & Co-Creation② Urban Commons & Democracy
b. Resilience and Urban Commons
Tech-Knowledge for Urban Commons Experiment by Connecting Small Manufacturing to Urban Transition
b. Commoning Community Public Land
How to create a rule for the urban commons
Part 3 : Toward the Urban Commons of Conviviality
Networking Party : Into the Conviviality
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Host – Seoul Metropolitan City


Located in the center of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul has served as the country’s capital for 600 years. At present, Seoul takes on itself the role of the hub of Northeast Asia. South Korea is renowned for its rapid innovation and economic development over the past 30 years, yet government innovation is a nascent field, seen as counter-cultural and radical. Despite these challenges, Seoul Mayor WonSoon Park is progressing with plans to turn Seoul into an social economy city and innovation-led Sharing City, engaging citizens in the radical redesign of public services.

Organizer – FOREXCOM Inc.


In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution that can be represented by the keywords, communication and integration, the role of the MICE industry encompassing Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions & Events is increasing. FOREXCOM has successfully organized diverse occasions including official government events, large-scale international meetings, expositions and festivals, and also possesses abundant knowledge in events that are becoming noticeably popular such as investment promotion, technology commercialization, technology transfer and matching, and job fairs. Based on its professional service ethos and the principle of flawless performance, FOREXCOM will embark on a new chapter in the MICE industry while doing its utmost to successfully organize the upcoming Future Innovation Forum as the conference organizing agency.

Consultation – Center for Asian Urban Societies


The Center for Asian Urban Societies (CAUS) seeks to answer the critical urban questions East Asian cities face today. We explore East Asia from an urban research perspective and strive to carve out alternatives to the current developmental, territorial, and cold-war urbanization model. Ultimately, we aim to become a platform for groundbreaking research on Asian cities that combines academic rigor with practical problem-solving abilities.

Since September 2017, the Center has conducted research on the following four topics in East Asia, through the post-developmental urbanism lens: ① Inclusive, Commoning Cities, ② De-Growth, Resilient Cities, ③ Sustainable Transition Cities, ④ Post-Cold War Cities of Peace.


[ Subway ]

Walk 7 minutes from Exit 2 of Bulgwang Station, Subway Line 3 and 6.

Cross the crosswalk in front of Exit 2,
Go straight 100 meters past Nokbeon Police Station,
Go in through the front door on the left.

[ BUS ]

Yellow | 은평02, 은평04, 은평07
Green | 7720
Blue | 471, 701, 703, 704, 705, 706, 720, N37, 330, 567
Red | 9703, 9709, 9710

Past Events
Information for the themes and speakers at the past events

“Renovation of Innovation: Focusing on Public Sector and Administration”
Future Innovation Forum 2018

Over the past 6 years of city administration under Mayor Park Won-soon, Seoul Metropolitan Government led the efforts to implement the social innovation–oriented policy to reinvent Seoul and to bring itself closer to citizens based on the public-private cooperation.

Through the Sharing Economy, resident-led town communities, communication-based and open administration, and collaborative administration, Seoul city is leading changes to support and create the waves of innovation, and has built exclusively responsible bodies under direct supervision of Mayor such as Seoul Innovation Planning Office and Collaboration Advisor to implement innovation policies within the frame of administration.

Upon the 7th local government of Seoul elected by popular vote, we now need a new paradigm to enhance the efficiency of the innovation policy and to enable qualitative change. For this, the need has grown to shed new light on the roles of the public sector as the main body to support and pursue social innovation; to contemplate on how Seoul city’s administrative system has changed in the process of deepening the city-wide innovation based on collaboration and partnerships and examine the outcomes; and to explore directions and concrete measures for its ways forward.

The forum will be an opportunity for innovation experts from home and abroad to gather together, share the related experiences and seek possible ways for new directions.

Date: October 29rd(Mon) – 30th(Tue), 2017

Venue: Seoul Innovation Park

Host Seoul Metropolitan Government

Organize C. & Forexcom.


Day 1: October 29 (Mon)


HyoKwan Jeon, Seoul Innovation Bureau, Seoul

Metropolitan Government, Korea

Ezio Manzini, Honorary Professor of Milan Polytechnic &

Founder of DESIS, Italy

[Session 1] Commons X Democracy

SangChul Kim, Citizens Act for Kyeongeui Line Common

Land 26th Autonomous District, Korea

Tony Armstrong, Locality, UK

EunHo Jeon, Institute of Land and Liberty, Korea

[Session 2] Workplace X Democracy

Silvia Zuur, Enspiral, New Zealand

HyunJu Bae, Happy Bridge Cooperative, Korea

JungKwon Ahn, Slowalk, Korea

Seoul Youth’s Story Making a Better World Presenter

2 Teams of Better World School

[Stories of Democracy by Ordinary, but Extraordinary Citizens]

Hana Jang, Moms in Politics, Korea

JinAh Hong, Would You Party, Korea

SungHwa ChoLee, Demos, Korea

TaeJung Kim, ByungKwan Na, Dabin Ahn, JungYeon Heo,

GeumHo High School, Korea

[Keynote Speech] Social Innovation, Finding the Solution for Democracy

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Iceland Pirate Party, Iceland Geoff Mulgan, Nesta, UK

[Closing] Calmly Taking a Step forward

Ada Wong, HKICC, Hong Kong

SeungSoo Ha, My Vote, Korea


Day 2: October 30 (Tue)

[Session 3] Feminism, LGBT X Democracy

Sunit Shrestha, Change Fusion, Thailand

Jennifer Lu, Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, Taiwan

YoungJung Na, Women with Disabilities Empathy, Korea

JinOck Lee, Korea Women’s Political Solidarity, Korea

[Session 4] Technology, Open Source X Democracy

Sunit Shrestha, Change Fusion, Thailand

Anil Kumar Gupta, Honeybee Network, India

OhHyun Kwon, Parti, Korea

Chia-liang Kao, g0v, Taiwan

Yago Bermejo Abati, Medialab-Prado, Spain

Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Lab for the City, Mexico

[Special Session] Asia Social Innovation Research

Ken Ito, SROI Japan, Japan

Jonathan Chang, Lien Center for Social Innovation, Singapore

Haidy Leung, ChangeVentures, Thailand

AhYoung Park, C., Korea

Seoul City Social Innovation Global Advisory Committee Meeting

(Only for committee members and the invited)