With its official, city-wide commitment to the sharing economy, Seoul’s metropolitan government has emerged as a leader in the global sharing movement. Recently, Creative Commons Korea released an ebook detailing many of the Sharing City, Seoul projects, at both the community- and municipal-level, that form this new sharing mega-city.
As the Sharing City, Seoul ebook introduction notes, while Seoul is spearheading a sharing revolution, sharing is not new to its residents. Seoul is a city with a rich cultural heritage of sharing, including labor exchanges called â€œpoomasiâ€ and farmersâ€™ coops called â€œdure.â€ Today, with 10 million residentsâ€”the majority of them possessing smartphonesâ€”and a government committed to creating a sharing culture, Seoul is well-positioned to bring mass sharing to one of the densest cities in the world.
Cat Johnson summarizes on Shareable some of the initiatives highlighted in the ebook: