The rural network study material evolved into fresh research

MDI mapped the developer networks of four LAGs (Local Action Groups) as part of “Enabling rural development” survey. MDI’s trainee Benjamin Heikkinen gathered the material for his master’s thesis in connection with the survey. Benjamin’s thesis “Networks in place-based rural development” was finished in February. Regional developer networks were analysed by examining the main organisation groups and the most important factors in terms of social capital. In addition to the network analysis, the thesis analysed the factors, which promote networking between the actors and challenges faced in the regions.

The networks seem to centre on parties, which have the resources or which give advises for using them. The meaning of local village associations and other associations was based on social capital in all regions. The meaning of information and ideas was highly emphasised in relation to social capital.

You can find the thesis (in Finnish) here.

MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

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MDI’s Population projection 2022 – a detailed picture of future development and a new scenario for an internationalising Finland

According to the Population projection 2022 published today, Finland’s population will decrease, age, centralise and internationalise. Phenomena and events, as well as the actions of regions and municipalities, greatly influence future population development.

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