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.
Communities can use the Collaborative Documents and Forum features of Smart Village sites to organize their own Participatory Budgeting activities.
Providing local coworking offices enables rural communities to cater for growing digital workforce of the ‘Gig Economy’ – Digital Enterprise Centres for Rural Coworking.
A detailed review of connected rural economy strategies from across Europe, and how Scotland can learn from and adopt these best practices.