YOO, Chang-bok
Professor of Sungkonghoe Univ.
In his freshman year of university, Professor Yoo heard the news of the Gwangju Uprising, and spent the 1980s on the streets and doing labor work. He settled in Seongmisan Village in 1996 and participated in ‘Ulim Doore Saenghyup’ and established ‘Seongmisan School.’ In the village, he has the nickname, ‘Jjang-ga’ and based on his experiences in the village, he published the book “We Play in the Village” in 2010. He had been having fun in the village when he was given the opportunity to work with the Seoul Metropolitan Government, owing to the Community Empowerment Policy of Seoul. Three years passed amidst excitement and concerns over the Community Empowerment Policy. He went back and forth the village and the government, seeking the best way to express the principle and strategy of village life. In 2012, Professor Yoo accepted the offer of Seoul Mayor PARK, Won-soon to be the first leader of the Seoul Community Support Center. Between 2015 and 2017, he served as the head of Seoul Governance Team and pursued the Outreach Community Center Initiative with passion for community democratization. Since 2016, he has been working as an affiliated professor for community studies at the Grad School of Social and Solidarity Economy of Sungkonghoe University, which is the first of its kind in Korea.