[Share Hub News] Seoul City Sharing Economy Seminar




The “Seoul City Sharing Economy Seminar” was held as a unit event of the Smart Cloud Show 2017.  This was organized in The Westin Chosun Seoul last September 14.


The seminar, which bore the theme “A Seoul for everyone, talk about sharing”, was attended by professors, researchers, ministry officials, promotion sharing committees, share companies, and share organizations.



This seminar was conducted in three types of sessions.

Session 1. Consumer Protection Plan for Sharing Activation

Session 2. Realization of a Sharing Economy-based Sharing City

Session 3. The Vale of Sharing with Everyone



Team Manager Im Guk Hyun, seminar supervisor and Session 3 chair, explained that Seoul City declared to become shared in 2012, and made various efforts towards sharing by designating more than 80 share companies and supported budgets of these companies over the course of five years. He explained that he decided on that session topic and held a seminar to solve the concern on what kind of sharing economy is desirable, and how we can develop moving forward.


If referring to a sharing economy would previously involve key topics such as system mitigation and guaranteeing the activity conditions of share companies up until last year, now there is a need to think about the sharing economic system and institutional measures that can protect consumers. That is why Session 1 was dedicated for consumer protection plans for sharing activation.


They have mentioned preparations for Session 2 and 3 to discuss the following: why we need a sharing economy, what kind of social implications developing a sharing economy has, etc. There will also be discussions on quantitative expansion of sharing economy, such as keeping track of how many share companies and share users there are.




Below is the video sketch of the Sharing Economy Seminar in Seoul City.


When a college student asked about the differentiating aspects of a sharing city in Seoul compared to the sharing cities all over the world, the experts replied that the city is still in its early stage. In fact, there aren’t many cities with activated sharing in the world. Instead of comparing it with the sharing city models of North America and Europe, they mentioned that Seoul is a city where the public sector is preceded by a sharing economy. For example, the administration initially focused on demonstrating what it’s like to be a sharing city, before leading the civilian capacity.


For the question, “Is it necessary to have a sharing economy that’s being carried out by the government/local government?” asked by a participant from a company, the experts said that it is most ideal to create platforms and network bases to have demand and supply; and for this to begin, a voluntary sharing culture has to be created by the private sector. Since the core of a sharing society is where resources are manufactured, managed, and used by a community that sets rules so that resources and services can be used collectively, the public has an important role in supporting this kind of environment and setting up policies.  


You can check the full video of the Sharing Economy Seminar in Seoul in the Reference >Sharhub “Videos” category.

Quick link to the full video


The presentations from Sessions 1, 2, and 3 are available in the “Reference” category.

Quick link to the presentation data