The Global Villages Network was founded in 1997 at the third international Global Village Symposium in Viennas city hall. Allready then, we had a long history of making contacts and spreading the idea of an immense interplay between the virtual and the local. For 10 years, we focussed on the experimental work in Austria rather than on international endavours, and we developed compelling solutions for boosting the educational offerings in a rural area. The "Model Kirchbach" developed and we showed that the interest of rural population in good and practical content is endless, if virtual presentation and personal mediation can be blended.
But the goal of the network goes far beyond education. We want to find ALL necessary elements to stop rural decay and create flamboyant, exciting, healthy, sociable and open villages everywhere on this globe. We want to shift the global engine to a different gear, not sucking out population into overcrowded cities and agglomerations, destroying and depleting landscapes and cultures, but do exactly the opposite: show the potential for abundance that this planet offers for all if we use it in the right way.
We have many allies worldwide; its time to call them together again to share information, form alliances, build competences and so on. This is a good time because we feel a worldwide urge for transition - fueled by the economic crisis that signals us that the way business was done so far is incredibly wrong.
What we need are clear, convincing cases of change brought about by the globalvillages principle. I used the opportunity of renewing contact with Archangelsk based Gleb Tyurin
- a master of village rejuvenation in Russia - to challenge the local government and the actors in regional development to consciously adopt a globalvillages model. This could serve as a focal point for the regathering of our network, from potential strength to strength in action, from loose networking to effective organisation.
I this series of entries I would like to report and follow the course of events.