When we talk about economic growth, we may not be talking about the same thing. Nor is economic growth the only kind of growth that matters for rural regions.
It’s time to gather up some practical takeaways you can use when working in and with rural communities.
Community members will, inevitably, have different ideas about what positive change looks like: a new industry, or a new school; a road to bring the city closer, or a morning tea to bring the community together.
Grassroots development proponents argue that change needs to grow organically from roots in local ground. This means action “with” or directly “by” rural communities.
How much space do rural people have to create the futures they want?
Rural development has a long tradition of attention to practical action.
When rural organisations and rural communities connect with each other, they gain confidence and influence. They learn from each other. Rural people’s knowledge becomes easier to explain, easier to action – and much harder to ignore.
The secret to solving low-population problems is to think differently about space.
Successful rural economic ventures…tend to do something more than just move their product a bit further down the chain. Rather, they generate value in a way that makes their product or service special, so that it can’t be easily duplicated somewhere else.
While rural regions are all different, they also share some common characteristics. Naming these up, noticing the patterns, can help us to understand the dynamics of rural economies.