Selected Good practices

Selected Case studies

Selected Inspirations

Now, let's have a look at the characteristics of your setting

Each rural setting has strengths and challenges - that's to some extent common sense and has been demonstrated and elaborated on by our research. Consequently, when it comes to rural development and innovative projects, it is helpful to consider the distinctive profile of resources of a region or village. We propose the so-called "capital framework" as a good way to assess strengths, resources or capabilities of a certain context (a group, a project, a farm, a village...).

On the next page, we'll ask you to reflect on the characteristics and resources of your setting and you can see the result straight away and add it to your personalised guide or have a blank template added to your guide to fill out later. We'll also introduce the capital framework. (If you feel that's too much reflection and theory, you can also skip both now and not have it in your guide.)

Resource Wheel

  • The types of capital influence and interact with each other.
  • The capital types include tangible (e.g. money, buildings, people) and intangible (values, shared memories, social skills) resources, or a mixture of both.
  • Capital can be held by people, places and/or groups.
  • One capital resource can enable access to or the creation of others.

Contacts and relationships with political decision-makers.

Biodiversity, scenic beauty, fertility of soils, cleanliness of water and air.

Identity and self-image, living traditions, cultural diversity, creative (social) association life.

Knowledge and skills of people.

People's social skills, for example empathy and solidarity, constructive handling of conflicts.

Public and private funds or the possibility of obtaining such funds.

Existing buildings that can be used as residential and commercial space or for community projects.

Capital framework theory
Social value Political value Financial value Built value Natural value Cultural value Human value
Good practices

Case studies



Types of action Case studies i
Versailles Plain
Farming AgriCultures
Farm collectives
Innovation driving rural change
Networking for community building
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Welcome to our interactive Good Practice Guide generator!

So you are interested in ruralisation? This is great because it means you are joining others and contributing to creating new rural environments in Europe. This website wants to address practitioners mainly from rural professions and people who live in or want to live in rural areas. However, we also welcome people from other contexts who want to contribute to ruralisation.

Based on a wide range of case studies, types of action and overarching inspirational texts - resulting from the research project "RURALIZATION" - this website will pre-select resources that suit your context and we hope that you as a practitioner find relevant. Based on our suggestions (which are based on your role and local setting) you can compile your personal Good Practice Guide. This process will take approx. 15 minutes and the steps are as follows:

  1. Answering two questions so we can suggest matching resources to you
  2. Selection of resources
  3. Having a look at overarching inspirational texts - if you want to
  4. Thinking about resources of your particular context - if you want to
  5. Downloading your Good Practice Guide
  6. Getting started on the ground

If you are in a hurry right now, you can skip steps 1 to 4 and download all the information and work your way through it on your own. (However, this means you have to work your way through a lot of resources later.)

Please be aware: this is not a survey, we will not document any of this information and none of the information that we provide has been statistically assessed. Please use your good judgement and common sense to decide which options to take. Now, let's talk less and go ahead!

Provide some information about you and your context: what is your current situation and interest, where you are located or planning to start a new life project and what type of resources are available to you in this context. The information you provide will only be used to select the most appropriate resources for you, as well as to illustrate your personalised guide with meaningful case studies from contexts similar to yours.

Which profile do you identify with most?

In case you don't identify with any of these, you might want to have a look at the compilation of all resources (link) or the handbook for local authorities from our project.

Where do you come from? / Where will you move to?

Please choose what applies most.

This Good Practice Guide is for... (your projects title, your region or village)

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