Social inclusion, Environment and sustainability, People of rural areas need acknowledgment that they matter in this world.They are not just services to the cities to which they bring food. Sick countryside, with old ways of nurturing the land and communities brings joy and health to cities tables.

Clover

Elders hand to youth and understanding of life.

Creators

Who is behind this?

Rok Piletic

Toler

http://www.toler.space

Slovenia

Idea

Idea pitch

In the last 5 years, native people and way of life are redundant to some EU leaders with big consequences. Big cities or main industry hubs centres 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?

Protected areas of Slovenia (National Praks, Natura 2000) Regions at the borders especially south.

What is the local challenge?

Legislations in these land areas due to special conditions of lands (park, near a border) and dispersed communities. Which makes living expensive especially if you only live from lands and city people don't appreciate the nature preservation and difficulties to sustain that kind of life. Currently in border regions is also a fear of theft and attacks from migrant from non-EU countries. And policymakers in capital or Brussels don't care about and don't want to listen. The money that shud go to support this community and help them use new tools/ technologies (ca. 200 million in the last 5 years ) was spent on intruders crossing the borders, making pollution and chaos/feer at nights.This project would help to restore community cohesion and Tech support that is not harmful to natural habitat.

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

There was always democracy in these lands but the democracy between rural and urban was lost. Cities more and more demand the rural lands for construction and they pollute with too much consumption and they look down on the rural population. With a stronger community and help of rural population to the access of same opportunities as a city can offer (Tools, Tech, IoT, art/crafts with new machines, ... ) the rural community and would not be left out and young people would stay in rural areas to live and work. Current health fiasco showed that it could be done and we would like to encourage more join us in this way of life with nature and Tech/City life.

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 local network put in place under this project, with support but not dependant on web technologies (analogue 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 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 travelling with Van to visit these communities in person and support them.

What are the expected results?

Get a Van to equip it, confirm the network ties with local organisations, set the web page/platform network/media and make the first season Tour with the Team to all those organisations and local communities and make the first impact on their lives and open discussion (round tables, seminars) to what are specifics of the interest of locals and how they aline with our idea goals and previous research the Team made. Visiting all those places and meeting in person, being present we will set the stones to our mutual trust that will be confirmed on next visits/tours.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

By strengthening local communities to have a decent life and giving them the option that their voice matters and their problems are heard and resolved. This will lead to inclusion in a larger area/region and different environments that have different experiences (urban/culture) will not make them vulnerable and removed from decision making, they would be heard. As this will make also similar effects like the successful policies of EC (Interreg policies/projects - cross-border/transnational). But first, we must make locals pleased in their own environments and respect them for their contribution to the broader environment and urban populations, to get to the global scene. If the situations are not dealt with efficiently locally (27 views) we can't have global-EU harmony or democracy.

What is your story?

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 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 child could not have the impression that the real cows are purple. This says a lot of 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,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

This 50.000,00 EUR will be spent on Vand (4x4) and conversion to the needs, few options:
NEW
1)
Van + conversion (factory-made)= 50.000EUR
2)
Van - depending on the brand (MB,VW,Fiat,Opel,Renault, Peugeot,)= 20.000-30.000EUR
Conversion = 20.000EUR
OLD
3)
Van = 10.000-25.000 EUR
Conversion = 25.000 EUR
Most of the work will be made DIY voluntarily form experts in the business. Optional some discounts as part of the partnership. Programs will be made voluntarily/gift contribution.

Team

TS

Idea created on May 27, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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