Transitioning to Smart Villages

We would like to encourage start-ups and work from home:

The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan – supporting an entrepreneurial culture

 

However, a poor internet connection doesn’t help:

Problems around rural broadband continue…

 

Maybe we need to be a little more proactive…

… from India:

Smart Villages Before Smart Cities | Gauranga Das | TEDxKITCoEK

… to Europe:

EU supports the concept of Smart Villages

 

Smart villages: Revitalising Rural Services

 

Smart Villages: A new concept for rural development

Rural areas across Europe are undergoing rapid change. Whilst persistent challenges, such as depopulation and poor quality public services, continue to put many rural communities under pressure, there are also new and exciting opportunities for rural residents and rural businesses.

Opportunity arises from the key drivers of rural change in the 21st century, including the impact of existing and emerging digital technologies, the low-carbon and circular economies, the bioeconomy, new value chains, new patterns of mobility, closer links with cities and so on. In this context, Smart Villages is understood as rural communities that refuse to simply wait for change to happen to them.

Smart Villages: A new concept for rural development

 

And this ties very much in with the ‘transition town/village’ movement:

 

Smart Villages and transition: climate change action as a driver for community-led innovation

… while governments are still grappling with the modalities of this transformation, local communities are already taking practical steps to make it a reality. Across Europe, and globally, tens of thousands of communities are piloting and testing new social innovations, from community energy, car-sharing and cycling schemes, to community gardens, reuse and upcycling schemes, and much more.

Smart Villages and transition: climate change action as a driver for community-led innovation

   
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