Working together is difficult, and it is vital to do, for exactly the same reason: we all have different starting points.
When people come together and are unafraid to wear their multiple hats, creative solutions tend to follow.
Experts bring their technical knowledge to rural regions, and they use this knowledge to frame regional development needs and actions. Too often, they fail to notice anything outside the frame.
I remain unshakably convinced that beauty and brilliance can come from places that other people consider poor, or marginalised, or in need of paving-over.
It turns out that a great deal about how we see regional development depends on where we start.