Rural School of Economics
trans-local
November 2020

The Rural School of Economics initiated by Myvillages is a new trans-local and collaborative infrastructure for trans-disciplinary and inter-generational learning, organised around those who create and use rural economics.

The school is de-centralised, self-organised, multi-lingual and nomadic. It exists as an international network between rural communities, and between rural communities and cultural and research organisations.

The classrooms happen close to where rural economics are practiced, in small workshops, kitchens, on fields, in the street and in village halls. The pedagogy highlights learning as commoning, and focuses on mutual knowledge exchange, where the roles of teachers and learners are interchangeable.

The Rural School of Economics builds on the extensive experience of the Eco Nomadic School which ran from 2012-2018, and has successfully tested and developed methods and tools for community learning and trans-local exchange. Myvillages has been a leading partner in the Eco Nomadic School from the start, and remains closely connected to the wider advisory group of the school.

The Rural School of Economics is initially planned for 2021-2023. The classrooms start in 2021 in five European regions: the villages of Zburazh and Stuly in the Brest Region in Belarus, Zvizzchi in the Kaluga Oblast Region in Russia, Pushkino in the Tver Region of Russia, NagykamarÃĄs in the Hungarian Southern Great Plains, Pollinaria in Civitella Casanova in the Italian Abruzzo and Lumsden in Scotland.

Parallel to this initial phase the school will re-connect with partners and communities that have been involved in the Eco Nomadic School and/or worked with Myvillages in the past, and extend to new collaborators who want to connect their interest in rural and rural economics to the infrastructure and curriculum of the network. The Rural School of Economics has the ambition to grow into a long-term networked alliance of cultural and civic organisations, who connect traditional and progressive economic cultures.

By 2023 Myvillages aims to have directly connected partners and collaborators in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, France, the UK and The Netherlands. Colleagues who address community-led economic transformation in South America, South East Asia, USA, Turkey and Scandinavia have also expressed their interest in the wider network building, opening up the possibilities for a globally connected trans-local school.