The headline message of the Scottish Government’s new economic drive is ‘Inclusive Growth’. Smart Villages offer a technology-driven platform for achieving this across rural Scotland, a platform for an alternative, bottom up approach to local economic regeneration initiatives.
The report – A New Blueprint for Scotland’s Rural Economy: Recommendations to Scottish Ministers, published by the National Council of Rural Advisors, makes a primary recommendation of developing a Rural Economic Framework (REF).
Communities can use the Collaborative Documents and Forum features of Smart Village sites to organize their own Participatory Budgeting activities.
How Smart Villages provide a platform for achieving the self-organizing, self-reliant local communities described by the Scottish Community Alliance.