Smart Café

Smart Rural Communities Cafés are organised for selected and Come Along! Smart Rural 21 villages. Each café is hosted by the representative(s) of a local community who talk about the community’s approach to ‘smart villages’, community engagement, inspiring initiatives and much more…

During the Smart Cafés village representatives can discuss informally ideas, approaches and questions that interest them in relation to specific theme(s) presented by the hosting village, over a coffee, tea or breakfast.

1st Smart Café (19 November 2020) hosted by Torup (Denmark)

The 1st Smart Rural Communities’ Café was hosted by Torup (Denmark), one of the 21 selected villages of the Smart Rural 21 project. Peter Plant from Torup was telling about their ‘local democracy’, voluntary work, community fund, how they engage community members through ‘Torup Ting’ and much more. Participant villages (selected and Come Along! villages of the Smart Rural 21 project) had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss relevant practices over a coffee (or tea).

Did you miss this coffee-time? Don’t worry. You can listen to Peter’s presentation below.

Community Engagement in Torup by Peter Plant

In his presentation Peter Plant talked about how local democracy works, how they engage local community members, why they are successful committing volunteers and how they manage crowd funding.

2nd Smart Café (08 January 2021) hosted by Mouans-Sartoux (France)

The 2nd Smart Rural Communities’ Café was hosted by Mouans-Sartoux (France), one of the 21 selected villages of the Smart Rural 21 project. Thibaud Lalanne from Mouans-Sartoux was telling about about the way they built up 100% organic school canteens and municipal farm, as well as how the village has managed to design a resilient and ecosystemic food project based on a diversity of policies. Participant villages (selected and Come Along! villages of the Smart Rural 21 project) had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss relevant practices over a coffee (or tea).

Ecosystemic food project in Mouans-Sartoux presented by Thibaud Lalanne

In his presentation Thibaud Lalanne talked about the stock of the tremendous challenges lying ahead (climate change, health issues…), and how Mouans-Sartoux is striving to build a local food democracy and to achieve its food sovereignty.

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