After the kick-off meeting and the set-up of the „International future workshop“ as local citizens group, this group started with working on content and set up a working plan and strategy for the coming months.
The group started with identifying the needs and the challenges of the rural area in Bad Marienberg and around. The aim was to collect a catalogue of challenges that need to be faced and worked on. In addition we also concentrated on the good things that do work in our communities and that are worth sharing with others. The last part was to create a concrete structure for the project group and how we are going to work in the upcoming future. It was a great kick-off and the results will be developed and included with the experiences from the first transnational meeting due in almost three weeks.
The project group is also going to increase networking with more local stakeholders and is going to produce a flyer for better PR of the project in the local community.
After the introducing kick-off meeting the new established local citizens group „International future workshop“ will meet for its first working meeting. Identifying what are the challenges and and good practices in the rural area of Bad Marienberg is the main focus as well as setting up the concrete work modus of this group.
The local citizens groups wants to kick-off by starting to work on, exchange and develop (new) ideas for active citizenship in rural areas and development of the home region. This is also the basis for the international exchange that starts with the first transnational meeting in March 2018.
The invitation and the promotion of the Strategic Partnership is promoted via the official gazette of the local community „Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg“ reaching out to 20.000 local citizens.
The „READ IT“ project is going to be promoted and included in broader networks for a better and sustainable outcome. In Germany the project is now part of the official initiative „Ich bin dabei“ („I take part“) of the Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, and the Mayor of the Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg, Andreas Heidrich. The initiative is going to promote and honour voluntary work and commitment of citizens in local communities. The initiative is implemented by the Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg which is a local authority in the rural area around the Europahaus Marienberg, the lead partner of the project „READ IT“. The VG Bad Marienberg has roughly 20.000 inhabitants combining the city of Bad Marienberg (approx. 6000 inhabitants) and 17 villiages from only 250 inhabitants to around 2000 inhabitants.
The local website of the initiatve by the Prime Minister and the Mayor can be reached here: Initiative „Ich bin dabei“ (only available in German language).
In addition to open this project to more people and more local communities in rural areas „READ IT“ will be included as a project group within the initiative. Thus the outcome of the project and the results of the European exchange will be made available to all local communities (villages and city) by incorporating local citizens into the network. Concrete realizations of best practices from other countries or results developed in the project have a greater chance to be realized in rural areas.
The kick-off meeting to invite all citiztens to take part within this new initiative / project group is scheduled for January 29th – see here (click for PDF version):