D-Well is a co-living community for Changemakers. D-Well remodeled the existing multi-family house
for young Changemakers to share comfortable and pleasant living space. It is located in
Seongsu-dong where is called as social venture valley. As of September 2018, 12 Changemakers live in
the first house (283.8㎡ of total ground area) opened in November 2014, and 8 Changemakers live in
the second house (244.2㎡ of total ground area) opened in October 2015. In last June 2017, D-Well Las
Vegas branch was opened for the Changemakers in old downtown area with collaborating with the
Downtown Project in the U.S.A.
Root Impact thought the reasons why Changemakers cannot continue their missions and activities
would be both the absence of social recognition and support and the lack of the like-minded
colleagues. We also thought that severe rent burden would be also one of the reasons. So, D-well
provides affordable rent (60% of average rent in proximity) to keep the young Changemakers
grounded in the mission. The residents create strong tie with the community and learn from each
other through the peer-learning process.
The residents are carefully chosen through own process in considering how to make positive and
synergistic relationships between the residents. Total 60 Changemakers have lived at D-Well until
September 2018. D-Well residents include social entrepreneurs, leaders from NGO and nonprofits,
artist, designer, engineer, researcher, educator addressing social issues, founder in fair traded
agriculture, human rights activist for North Korean people, and share economy expert and they all
contribute to innovate the society where we are living today.
Root Impact is planning to gradually expand the D-Well branches to other areas. In a long term, we are
planning to develop a large sized co-living community and create the living environment that helps
many young Changemakers bring positive changes to the society through its healthy and supporting
Back in November 2014, Root Impact opened a community platform space, 'D-Well Salon' for Changemakers. As the salon itself indicates, the place has been running as a place where anyone, as long as they dream for a better world, can visit and share their thoughts and daily routines.
In September 2016, the first and the basement floor of D-Well Salon were renewed to café and library to promote and share changemaking culture with any interested folks. It was then named 'Oneul Salon' meaning today in Korean to deliver our wishes of making a better tomorrow through sharing today's stories. From D-Well Salon to Oneul Salon, Changemakers’ programs have operated throughout 7 seasons such as 1% Salon, Solution 101, Monthly Q, Salon Movie Talk and Today's Change Campaign. These programs developed the themes of stories and social innovation along with salon members and friends who joined us to make changes in their everyday lives, inspired by those programs.
And, in September 2018, Oneul Salon formed a partnership with the artist group 'Theatre Sinchon' to expand changemaking culture in the realm of art and culture. As the changemaking purpose of Salon and the contents of Theatre Sinchon are combined, it is reborn to ‘Sinchon Salon'. Sinchon Salon agrees with the salon's own idea that people swing by and gather without particular purposes. Indeed, they want to create a unique place where people can gather, hang out and find better todays with art and culture.
"mardi" is an online platform that you can record and upload your voice and others can listen to you.
In "mardi," you can share thoughts and ideas that will inspire others. Root Impact is in preparation
ahead of its launching in December 2018.
In "mardi," you can record your voice and leave a unique voice profile. You can also share your ideas
and experiences over a variety of topics such as career development, perspectives and values. If you
become curious about someone after listening to the message s/he left, you can also communicate
with the person in voices, in other words “mardi” in Korean. You can exchange the inspiration with
others who have similar interests or belong to the diverse community.
Root Impact wholeheartedly expects meaningful changes and networks in people's life through the
unique exchange of voices in "mardi".