Cities for our future

by Margaux Casier, Zoë Jacquet, Zoë Lipkens, Cristian Raggio and Gang-Min Rim


Today we are going to be zooming in on the Sustainable Development Goal number 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, while specifically focusing on the social aspect of sustainable cities which we will analyze as the often “left out” side to sustainability. To bring the social aspect of sustainability into communities, a lot of cities have been organizing their own social innovation projects and we want to unpack and delve into the concepts and ideas behind social innovation projects in today’s episode. In order to give you guys a clear understanding of socially sustainable cities we have invited two guest speakers today to talk about their own community’s social innovation project, Zoe from Massachusetts and Gang Min from South Korea. So sit back, relax, put in your headphones, or play this out to your family, and get ready to listen to an interesting discussion about socially innovative communities.


References and further readings

BerkShares Inc. (Ed.). (2020). BerkShares Inc. Retrieved October 18, 2020, from

Jin, J., Choi, H., Shin, J., & Jeong, M. (2008). Jisokganeunghan SaengtaeMunhwaDoshi-eu BanghyangSeoljeong mit Choojinbang-an [Towards a Promotion Policy for Eco-Cultural City]. Basic Research Report ed., Vol. 2008, No. 0. Seoul, South Korea: Korea Environment Institute.

Kim, C., Ha, H. (2016). Seongmisan Maeul Gongdongchae hyungseong-eu Seongongyoin-e daehan Bunseok: Woolcock eu Sahye-Jabon Bunseoktul-ul Joongsimuro [Analysis of Successful Factors in Formation of Seongmisan Town Community: Focused on Woolcock’s Social Capital Analysis Framework]. State Administration Research., Vol. 11, Issue 1. Seongyungwan University.

Moulaert, F., MacCullum, D., Mehmood, A., & Hamdouch, A. (2014). THE international

Handbook on social innovation: Collective action, social learning and transdisciplinary  Research. Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku, 21(3), 377–381. 

Seyfang, G., & Longhurst, N. (2013). Desperately seeking niches: Grassroots innovations and niche development in the community currency field. Global Environmental Change, 23(5), 881–891. 

Song, Y., Kim, Y., Jeong, M. (2015). Maeulmandlgi-eseo Chamyeodongi-e ddarun Jumin Chamyeo-ga Yudaegam mit Shinroe-e michinun Younghyang: Seongmisan Maeul Mandulgi Sarye-rul Joongsimuro [A Study of the Relations between Motivation, Citizen Participation, Connections, and Trust: Focusing on Community Building in Seongmisan]. The Korean Journal of Public Administration, 24(4), 99-128.

United Nations (Ed.). (2020). THE 17 GOALS| Sustainable Development. Retrieved October 18, 2020, from

Here is a great video showcasing the BerkShare in action:

Here is the link to the website of the film “Demain” that we mentioned in the podcast:

If you are interested is reading more about the specifics of the Sustainable Development Goal #11, we recommend this website:

An interesting podcast describing the constant evolution of cities and its importance to transform them to support human and environmental needs: