The Finnish National Rural Parliament invites you to discuss rural development – MDI involved in the Virtual Partner Page

This year we are a partner in the Rural Parliament event. As part of the event, we will be hosting two virtual workshops while, in addition, we will also be participating in the virtual ‘Partner Marketplace’ where MDI will present our workshop materials to the other Partner participants.

The workshop on ‘How to get multi-local people in the countryside?’ discusses potential ways in which the state, provinces, municipalities and companies can best promote multi-place work and living in rural areas. The workshop will include an introduction and discussion in small groups. The workshop is part of a research project funded by the Prime Minister’s Office carried out by MDI, the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Center. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 12 to 13:30.

The ‘Rural Women and Models of Knowledge’ workshop looks at gender issues around knowledge-work and considers what kinds of opportunities are available for women in terms of rural information work and what kinds of insights and skills women can themselves bring to this kind of rural information work. The workshop will feature an introduction based on Rasmus Aro’s statistical findings followed by small group discussions. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 12 noon to 1.30 pm.

We encourage you to register for the individual workshops when registering for the event, though it is not mandatory to do so. Please note, however, that we will include a maximum of 60 participants in our workshops.

In addition, we will hold a virtual information session on the good life and well-being in municipalities and village communities based around the findings of our HYVIS project. The HYVIS project supports the transition to a socially sustainable society by, among other things, supporting the knowledge base of municipal management and the preconditions for well-being in the form of versatile information management tools. At the partner market, we present the results of the project as well as the tools developed within it. You will also have a direct connection to our on-site experts on the virtual event platform. Welcome to the partner market 29.9. 2–4 p.m. Our sessions begin at 2 and 3 p.m.

Registration

From 28 to 30 September 2021, the Rural Parliament brings together association activists and village developers, entrepreneurs, researchers and experts, funders and decision-makers to discuss rural development. The Rural Parliament will be held this year as a hybrid event. The event’s presenters and guest speakers will be broadcast live from the Kurikka Campus Main Studio with attendees participating remotely. The daily programme can be viewed on the Rural Parliament’s website. Registration is open and can be found at maaseutuparlamentti.fi/info/ilmoittautuminen.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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