2006: Domestic ? 2 conferences, International ? 1 conference
2007: Domestic ? 42 conferences, International ? 1 conference
2008: Domestic ? 100 conferences, International ? 6 conferences
2009: Domestic ? 33 conferences, International ? 1 conference
Happy Senior Happiness Making Academy ? 8 sessions, 208 participants
Hope Academy : Assemblymen School ? 2 sessions, 56 participants
Mayors School (Good Mayors School) ? 5 sessions, 129 participants
Civil Servants School ? 35 sessions, 1243 participants
Local Regional Leaders School ? 4 sessions, 114 participants
Mixed Curriculum ? 8 sessions, 205 participants
Social Designer School ? 2 sessions, 94 participants
2006: 64 persons
2007: 82 persons
2008: 79 persons
2009: 48 persons
On-Call: 14 persons
Special Status: 29 persons
Social Invention Center Ideas
Seed Ideas (new projects/week): 24 items
Sprout Ideas (best): 173 items
Sprout Ideas (second best): 601 items
Sprout Ideas (stepping stones): 1,747 items
Tree Ideas: 347 items
Fruit Ideas (Ideas Realized): 130 items
2008 International Conference on Social Invention: 573 ideas
Educational Materials: 51 volumes
Research Reports: 12 volumes
Materials Collection: 102 volumes
Individual Books: 35 volumes
HAPPY REPORTERS IS
A citizen reporters group whose members travel to collect first-hand news on the diverse nonprofit organizations working in all corners of the country to promote public good.
Number of Participants:
1stterm: 17 persons (completed)
4thterm(2009): 20persons(in progress)
SOCIAL DESIGNER SCHOOL SUPPORT
A gathering of graduates from the Social Designer School’s first and second sessions who are providing assistance to ensure its continued success.
Number of Participants: 25 persons
HOPE CORI IS
A gathering of volunteers donating their written and verbal translation abilities.
Number of Participants:
IDEA GATHERERS IS
A volunteer organization of the Hope Institute’s Social Invention Center which focuses on gathering ideas from citizens, evaluating the feasibility of legislative proposals, unearthing good ideas and refining them, and conveying them to the Homingwan(Good Legislators)Club.
Number of Participants:
Senior Project “Happiness Making Academy” Expert Affiliates: 30 persons
WORLD CITY LIBRARIAN IS
A group of volunteers donating their talents to build the World City Library. Active in this group are general citizens and persons active in urban-related fields, and they working in the Planning & Editing Team, Research Materials Team, and the Forum Planning & Operations Team.
Number of Participants: 17 persons
The most important means by which the Hope engages in mutual communication with the world are its various forums and seminars. Since the Hope Institute’s lecture hall was christened in 2006 with the first-year planning forums entitled the “Hope Moul(Gathering)Forum,”the Institute followed in2007 with the “Self-Government and Public Finance Monthly Forum,” “Law Research Center Monthly Forum,”and the“ Planning Lecturer Series1: Hearing First from the Republic of Korea’s Top Master of Agriculture.”
These planning forums and seminars continued in 2008. Moreover, the “Grassroots Regional Foundations Forum,” “Planning Lecture Series 2: Non-Agriculturalist’s Perspective on Korean Agriculture ? The Future of Rural Communities” “Thrice Elected Heads of Local Self-Governing Organizations Forum,” and “E-Democracy Forum” were among those newly added.
2009 lectures planned by Hope Moul(Gathering) have already taken place. The “New Year Special Lectures: Seeking Hope’s Road,” “Commemorating Hope Institute’s Third Anniversary: Korean Economic Crisis - Diagnosis and New Imagination,” “A Plaza for Dialogue That Is Opening Up Hope,” “Overseas Guest Lecturer Seminar,” “Debate on Pending Legislation” which dealt with as its focus the local regions and the public administrative system reorganization problem, and the “Public Leaders Debate” were among the successive lectures held. In addition, the Climate/Environment Team’s “Era of Climate Crisis, Dreaming of Green Hope” and the Happy Senior Team’s “Happiness Making Forum” grew, thus expanding the scale and scope of the Hope Institute’s Planning Lectures.
Beyond these series of lectures, a large number of other meetings and seminars were held in order to provide a venue for timely discussion of pending legislative issues.
Starting from 2007, the Better Signs Culture Research Center, Rural Hope Center, Public Finance Research Center, Disaster Management Research Center, and the Community Business Research Center were among those holding their inaugural commemoration seminars. Thereafter, the Hope Institute convened various domestic and international on major issues such as social contribution by middle-aged retirees, the Presidential Transition Committee, social enterprises, social responsibility of enterprises, and the Candlelight Demonstrations.
The Hope Institute is pioneering a new venue for education and study-training. The Hope Academy provides opportunities for excellent education, as a matter of course, to heads of local self-governing organizations and civil servants, as well as those seeking to become regional committee members or heads of local self-governing organizations through the Institute’s “Good Mayors School,” the “Namyang Province Citizen Participatory Administration Rank Six Team Leaders Education,” and other programs.
The Institute’s study training programs vary from other programs in that the learning does not take place solely within the lecture hall. The participants also gain information and knowledge through personal visits to sites within and outside of the country. The “Japan Community Business Study Training,” “Europe Public Design Study Training,” and “Visits to Japanese Green Tourism Sites by Heads of Local Self-Governing Organizations” are among the programs that are being spotlighted as providing substantive study training, in contrast to others’ public official study training programs that are always targets of criticism.
Hope Moul’s“Social Designer School” is a blaze with participants who are filled with hope and the will to meet the challenges for a new way of life. In spring of 2009, the “Good MBA,” a special program of the SDS conducted by Professor Ahn Chul Su of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology garnered much popularity.
Another educational program representative of the Hope Institute is its “Happiness Making Academy.” By Spring 2009, this program had already assembled nine groups of students, and had received favorable notice for its program to help those who have already retired after pursuing expert professions and the many persons facing retirement plan for new second lives through volunteerism or participation.
The Hope Institute, by going directly to the “regions” and the “actual sites” and by employing the method of field research, application and pragmatic spirit (ShilSaGuShi) assists each different region and actual sites in problem-solving. The majority of the resulting research is presented in the form of consulting and research briefs. The Roots Center’s ‘Jangheung County: Making Regions Good Places to Live In” consulting, “Wanju Shintekliji Enterprises,” “Gongju Jeongan Township Rural Tourism Program Establishment Enterprise,” “Farming and Fishing Villages New Cultural Space Development Enterprise” “Mapo District Hope Project”are among the diverse research services being carried out.
Among the Center for Public Culture’s research services conducted were “Gaulchang Gallery Forest-Old Village Making,” “Choong-Chung Southern Region Hope Making,” “Environmentally Friendly Playground Remodeling,” and the “Residents Participatory Model Street Signs Improvement Program.”
Most recently, in the context of growing climate and environmental issues-related concerns and requests by the local self-governing organizations, the Climate/Environment Team presented “Coal Yard Green Growth,” as well as “Ansan City Program to Confront Climate Change” research, “Dongtan (2) New City’s Introduction of Carbon Neutral Plan” research, “Hwasung City Greenhouse Gases Exhaust Rate Investigation and Establishment of Climate Change Confrontation Strategy” research, thus providing continued dynamism in these areas.