農の学び場/Rural Learning Network

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■ What is the Rural Learning Network?

The Rural Learning Network seminars aim to bring together researchers and rural development stakeholders in order to facilitate constructive multi-partner dialogue and knowledge exchange. By fostering such engagement, the objective of the Rural Learning Network seminars is to contribute to both the theory and practice of development and regeneration in rural areas.

The seminars aim to move away from ‘the sage on the stage’ format towards a more interactive and shared learning experience in keeping with the ethos of Sasayama Field Station and the Centre for Regional Partnership. Instead of employing the usual format of : 1) Listen; 2) Listen; 3) Listen and; 4) Go Home; the Rural Learning Network Events are structured around four stages: 1) Listen; 2) Think; 3) Discuss and; 4) Understand. During the recent seminars there have been a number of experiments with participatory techniques designed to increase attendees participation and input. Following the seminars the hope is that participants from the events take the discussion forward and develop practical activities which aim to tackle local issues.