High ranking South Korean officials curious about SEFORÏS and SELUSI research findings

On March 26, 2015 Professor Tomislav Rimac (UAB, Spain) hosted a delegation of high ranking regional officials consisting from mayors of 8 cities from 5 South Korean provinces and the CEO of Global & Local Brain Park. During past few years, it has become a common occurrence that our consortium researchers are invited to give presentations about project activities and findings to diverse audiences consisting of practitioners, policy makers, and academics.

SEFORÏS and SELUSI good reputation has been spreading far and wide. During past few years, it has become a common occurrence that our consortium researchers are invited to give presentations about project activities and findings to diverse audiences consisting of practitioners, policy makers, and academics. While we have always seen these events as a form of recognition of our efforts and an indication that our ideas and work create real-world impact, we have also used them to engage in a dialogue with other actors and to critically re-examine our thinking about complex phenomena of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. 

The most recent example occurred on March 26, 2015 when Professor Tomislav Rimac hosted a delegation of high ranking regional officials consisting from mayors of 8 cities (SeongDong-Gu, Nowon-Gu, Gemcheon-Gu, Gwangsan-Gu, Nam-Gu, Asan City, Nonsan City, Yeosu City) from 5 South Korean provinces (Seoul, Gwangju, Incheon, Chungnam, and Jeonnam) and the CEO of Global & Local Brain Park. They came to Barcelona to learn firsthand about SEFORIS and SELUSI projects and to discuss the implications that findings of these projects could have on development of social economy and sustainable regional development in South Korea.

During one-hour presentation Professor Rimac outlined the main objectives of the projects, presented relevant results, and talked about the success of ethical banking during the years of crisis.

In addition, he informed the South Korean guests about the most recent initiative for expansion of SEFORIS activities to countries outside of the current consortium. The visit concluded with a lively one-hour Q&A session that brought to light similarities but also differences between social economy and sustainable regional development in Europe and South Korea.

Pamphlet on the photo says: Seminar about social economy as a mean of sustainable regional development