Education and research, Social inclusion, Elderly participation and empowerment


Elders hand to youth and understanding of life to preserve the local culture.


Who is behind this?

Rok Piletic




Idea pitch

In the last 6 years, native people and way of life are redundant to some EU leaders with big consequences. Big cities or main industry hub centers dictate development that is in the mindset of greed and consumption and pollution. Rural areas are cut off from participation in societies and cities are becoming foreign to locals with the influx of migrants that don't appreciate the empathy/help of locals. Big funds/decisions are taken away from the rural population.

Where will your project idea take place?

Primorska, Dolejnska in Bela krajna, south/east of Slovenia

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

Protection of concrete mindset and iron hears of urban lifestyle and their greed for power and money destroying life diversities and way of living with land in rural areas. By connecting them and giving them the right tools to battle against urban mindset aggression and also to educate policymakers and visitors from urban areas that their way does not make them survive in nature but it is destroying her.

Who are you doing it for?

The connection goes in four steps children/teenagers/parents/ grandparents in rural areas to gain self-esteem and language to talk to the rural population. As it is hard to see when there is a person with PhD in agronomy who newer lived from the land teach farmers in rural areas how to farm and teach them the circular economy/sustainability as this is basics to live in rural communities, years ago the same city/bureaucracy people made policies that destroy this tradition and made a whole mess of things (and farmers have to obey the policies - that become laws). Therefore to restore the generational wisdom living off and with land with tools that benefit rural communities and land that support them enough that are not excluded to some benefits that youth in cities have.

How do you plan to get there?

There will be a local network put in place under this project, with support but not dependant on web technologies (analog and digital). With local events and gathering to discuss any issues and resolve them with promoting the right balance of rural/urban life, benefits/responsibilities, and possible outcomes of certain actions involving all generations in communities. And to help rural communities survive and thrive in modern times. There will be a round table, cultural/art events, workshops, and education seminars with the support of surveys, interviews, and IoT analytics to sustain the balance of life. There will be a core team assembled and a wider community of experts that would be reachable online or in-person traveling with Van to visit these communities in person and support them. With mobile unit - caravan to present on spot.

What are the expected results?

To make strong rural communities that they can survive of urban and migrant invasion on rural lands and taking them off their way of life and connection with the land. The main goal that the urban population and migrants will respect and acknowledge the significancies of rural areas to their life and survival (no food - no life, no healthy nature- many diseases, no life in a rural areas - no humanity in towns ).

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

Implementation of participatory policy and budgetary systems, with an open book of political and social engagements of decision-makers.

Why is this idea important to you?

In the last 30 years, there were some improvements but eagerness to profits and greed of certain individuals and science without morals and big arrogance is showing that in the longer period we are losing as a community as a whole. The biggest consequences of this madness are seen with chocolate producer Milka, they had to put a marketing campaign with the picture of real cows on the chocolate envelope so that urban children could not have the impression that the real cows are purple. This says a lot about how disconnected from the environment/nature as a society we became. In just 30-50 years how we neglected the wisdom/knowledge/understanding of elders or previous generations on life and nature, empathy and some see it as democracy or civic engagement with sustainable impact, to cherish.

€ 50000,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

This 35.000,00 EUR will be spent on Vand (4x4) and conversion to the needs, few options:
Van (factory-made)= 35.000EUR (not made to specs)
Van - depending on the brand = 20-30.000EUR
Conversion = 5.000EUR
Van = 10-25.000 EUR
Conversion = 10.000 EUR
Most of the work will be made DIY voluntarily from experts in the business. Optional some discounts as part of the partnership. Programs will be made voluntarily/gift contributions.

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Anyone who is interested in working on the field/ mobile office(van) and work -be engaged with real life in a rural area to preserve it and protect it from the urbanization of concrete and greedy profits mindsets, are open to contact me in any way they want to participate, contribute or learn.



Idea created on April 26, 2021
Last edit on April 26, 2021

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