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Using ancient values to solve modern problems

How can the skills and values of agrarian, connected communities be brought into the 21st century in an urban environment? That’s the task of the Eunpyeong Sharing Center, in Seoul, Korea, where local residents of the district can learn skills, rent tools, and even rent space for events.

The Sharing Center isn’t creating new traditions for their community, but rather reviving the values of generations of Koreans: community centered activities, bartering and interdependence. 

“Our ancestors worked very diligently to increase productivity in limited farmland, and solved the labor-force problem needed for farming with joint labor and sharing products… This tradition was formed through agrarian life,” says the center’s secretary general Hyogeun Shin, who will be taking over as director of the center in January of 2020. 

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