A forum was held to examine various community · technology experiments conducted in the regions such as sustainable circulation · sharing · caring economy and agricultural and rural areas, and to expand them to the level of the whole nation and society.
The 21st Living Lab Network Forum was held as an online live broadcast on November 25 (Wed) at 2pm at Jeonju Lahan Hotel under the theme of ‘Living Lab Platform and Local Capitalization & Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Living Lab.’
[Source] [KNoLL] Results of the 21st Korea Living Lab Network Forum | Author Science and Technology and Social Innovation
This forum was jointly hosted by STEPI, Korea Network of Living Labs (KNoLL), Jeonbuk Network of Living Labs (JNOLL), Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of Education, Jeollabuk-do, Korea Research Foundation, and National Information Society Agency, and jointly organized by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jeonbuk Digital Social Innovation Center, Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center, Jeonju University, Jeonju IT & CT Promotion Agency, and the Jeonbuk Branch of Korea Institute of Science and Technology. It gathered Living Lab activists and experts from all over the country to share the achievements and plan the spread of sustainable agricultural and rural areas, caring economy, and circular economy.
The forum began with an opening address by Professor Dong-sung Han (President of Jeonju National University Regional Innovation Center) who is the chairman of the Jeonbuk Living Lab Network Promotion Committee, and a welcome speech by the co-chairman, Kwang-jin Park (Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center). It was followed by congratulatory remarks by Congressman Yun-deok Kim, a member of the National Assembly representing Wansan-gu and Congressman Ho-young Ahn, a member of National Assembly representing Wangju, Muju, Jinan, and Jangsu. After that, the forum had two sessions: ‘Living Lab Platform and Local Capitalization’ and ‘Living Lab for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Community’.
The first session was on ‘The Living Lab Platform and Local Capitalization’. Jae-min Lee (Head of Jeonju University LINC+ Social Economy Collaboration Center) presented ‘The Local Currency and Asset Conversion’ centering on the Kkotjeon (flower coin), which is Jeonju’s regional currency, and points of sharing economy, Hyung-woong Park (Head of Jeonbuk Digital Social Innovation Center) presented ‘A town that innovates through joint nurturing’ centering on the diffusion welfare center, and Sun-young Kim (Secretary General of Band Foundation) presented ‘Social Finance and Citizen Capitalization,’ and examined various living lab experiment projects in each region, such as sharing economy, caring economy, and circular economy.
Center Head Jae-min Lee presented the results of the Living Lab with Kkotjeon, the community currency of Jeonju, and said that the local currency should be designed in a regional circulation type rather than economic incentives to secure persistency, and it was confirmed that the community currency is a way to raise awareness of contribution to the community and a sense of belonging and pride in the region.
Center Head Hyung-woong Park, presented a case of Haksan Welfare Center in Pyeonghwa-dong, Jeonju, and talked about the Living Lab project which was making a joint nurturing village where children are happy. He introduced a vision to make a firm, reassuring, and generous village, and missions with six action plans, and specific plans including encouraged children, confident parents, and money-making village.
Secretary General Seon-young Kim introduced the status of currently spreading social finance and regional capitalization and shared the cases of citizens’ capitalization of Habit Together, assetization of Mokpo Geonmaek (dried fish with beer), and other assetization projects being promoted by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security other institutions. He emphasized that these assetization projects are in the early stages and require many institutional supplements and encouragement policies.
The first session’s panel discussion was moderated by Senior Researcher Wi-jin Song (STEPI), and participated by Executive Director Seon-mi Goh (Jeonju Medical Welfare Social Cooperative), Professor Min-soo Kim (Dongguk University), and Center Head Gyu-ok Ji (Gunsan Social Economic Center). They discussed policies of expanding assetization of diverse regional transformation experiments and structuring platform, and matters to improve.
The second session was on ‘The Living Lab for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Community.’ Researcher Ji-eun Seong (STEPI) presented ‘Application and Tasks of Living Lab for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Community,’ Byeong-seok Kim, Manager of Planning and Coordination (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences), on ‘Current Status and Tasks of Living Lab Project to Solve Rural Issues,’ and Representative Ye-won Cho (Wageningen Care Farm Research) on ‘How to Apply Living Lab to Korea's Care Farm with a Case of Dutch Care Farm.’
Researcher Ji-eun Seong (STEPI) pointed out the characteristics of Korean agriculture R&D as project planning and implementation centering on technology supplier, thesis patented-oriented evaluation, relationship between experts and users based on linear model, and the lack of comprehensive insights on production-distribution-processing-consumption, and emphasized the need to introduce a perspective of transition to a sustainable social technology system based on the Living Lab and to establish a system for interdisciplinary research cooperation.
To this end, she argued that the problems should be solved through a horizontal network of government-researcher-farmer-consumer and emphasized the importance of agricultural/rural Living Lab platform.
Byeong-seok Kim, Manager of Planning and Coordination Division (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences), presented the current status of the Living Lab projects and future tasks to solve the pending issues of agricultural and rural areas.
Currently, 10 tasks are being carried out in the fields of agricultural facility infrastructure, agricultural production environment, and rural living environment in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs and Rural Development Administration, and then he introduced details. Moreover, as the development direction of the Living Lab, he emphasized that the field-centered research base should be expanded, and cooperations with farmers and workers in the field of agricultural industry are needed from the task selection to the task implementation, evaluation, and performance diffusion.
CEO Ye-won Cho (Wageningen Care Farm Research) introduced the Dutch Care Farm, which is being carried out for the socially underprivileged, and discussed ways to apply this case into Korea. Care Farm is an important part that can improve the quality of nursing care and welfare services and take charge of the increasing welfare demand. She argued that it can promote insufficient welfare services and regional development in rural areas, and provide an opportunity to heal those who are vulnerable with the existing social system.
After the presentation of the second section, panel discussion was moderated by Gyeong-mi Kim, Head of Agricultural Environment Division (National Institute of Agricultural Sciences), and Jeong-sang Lee (Jeonju National University), Representative Seong-oh Jang (Social Enterprise Welfare Union), and Chairman of the Board Soo-cheol Hwang (Center for Food, Agricultural & Rural Policy) participated and discussed about sustainable agricultural and rural society.
The 「21st Living Lab Network Forum」 was conducted in accordance with the quarantine rules for the ‘social distancing’ caused by COVID-19, so it was broadcast live online through YouTube channels (Korea Living Lab Network, University Living Lab Network, Jeonbuk Creative Economy Innovation Center, and Jeonju IT&CT Industry Promotion Agency).
Dong-sung Han, head of the Regional Innovation Center at Jeonju University, was moderator of the forum and said “As we experience COVID-19, the role of region is more important for the transformation of agricultural and rural communities and the platformization projects of the Living Lab. I hope that this forum will be an opportunity for substantial change to achieve sustainable transformation.” This forum was held in a zero-waste manner with the cooperation of the Jeonbuk Sustainability Council.