Rural resilience: a collective adventure

A report on socio-ecological transitions concludes: "It’s a long road to building a new way of imagining life in the countryside." "None of us can do it alone."

ARC2020 (Agricultural and Rural Actors Working Together for Good Food, Good Farming and Better Rural Policies in the EU) released a report with the findings of their project in France:

Nos Campagnes en Résilience:

Collective Reflections within Socio-Ecological Transition, 2020-2022

With the “Nos Campagnes en Résilience” project, we wanted to understand the relationships between new projects and initiatives within socio-ecological transition. How do they share experiences? How have agroecological farmers and rural inhabitants organised and mobilised to prepare for new challenges? How do they broach, collectively, concepts of well-being, solidarity, and changes of practices?



ARC2020 report cover

The report discusses the eight factors that were observed to make socio-ecological transitions successful:

  • A Collective Adventure
  • Cultivating the Human Spirit, Cultivating Nature
  • Earnings, Yes – But What About Wellbeing?
  • The Local as Testing Ground
  • Opening Up Farming
  • Getting Political
  • Big Visions
  • The Struggle is Peaceful, Collective & Intergenerational!

which boil down to the overarching message: no one can do it alone!

It’s a long road to building a new way of imagining life in the countryside. […]

Socio-ecological transition requires collective reflection, collective work, collective building and collective wellbeing. […]

The collective is a strength: a source of ideas and creativity that allows space for the individual. 



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