Arts and cultural activities, Rural Community Development

Rural Treasure


Who is behind this?

Agnes Zehme

Youth Foundation of Kakheti


Who is joining forces?

Sagarejo Municipality


Educational and Cultural Bridges


Dansk ICYE


With some of the partners we already had very fruitful projects and we want to strengthen the cooperation, but also include new partners and cross-sectorial relations such as NGOs and politicians.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

How can we keep rural areas worth living in? Our approach is to develop the community intrinsically in a creative and intergenerational way. We will gather in the community and collect needs and wishes for their community and try to realise them, e.g. by reusing an abandoned building and creating a social community centre where leisure activities for people of all ages happen. By recording the process in a documentary more people get aware of this way to more self-responsibility and initiative.

Where will your idea take place?

Udabno. Kakheti region, Georgia.

Why does Europe need your idea?

By gathering in the community to collect ideas of locals, everybody is involved in the decision-making and realisation process, in contrast to politicians deciding what will happen. Hence, more people participate actively in their community, what will naturally implement more democracy.

What is your impact?

A self-organised social community centre for activities where people can share skills and knowledge and more ideas that were realised with locals, fostering active participation. The documentary about the process will be spread further to motivate to take steps into more action-taking and democracy.

How do you get there?

The ideas won't come from above, but from the local citizens. We'll assess their needs and creative ideas; then we figure out what we need to realise them and participants with diverse skills and knowledge help to implement them. They will also give workshops about self-responsibility, initiative, entrepreneurship, etc. so locals learn more about it, taking records for the documentary in all phases. We also work cross-sectorially with the municipality and stakeholders to have more local support.

What is your story?

The rate of urbanisation is rapidly increasing and young people leave their rural areas to live in a city. I, myself come from a rural area and see the potential in them when people want to change something. With the right mindset there are so many possibilities to create something great.

Who are you doing it for?

The main target group are community members of rural areas to help them (and others through the documentary) to realise their wishes for the community so it will be more worth living there and to show ways how to put their ideas into practice.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Constructive feedback for improvement is always welcome, so feel free to share your opinion and give ideas and suggestions and critiques.



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018

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