The processes and goal of regeneration are guiding the work of more and more people every day. The awareness is growing that we need to learn to develop regenerative systems for humanities life support and how our activities can become an integral part of nature's dynamics. Regenerative development is an inspiring field of learning about interdependence and how systems create their own resources (regenerate) so they can keep functioning and have a future.
With Ruralis we want to contribute to the regenerative revolution in the rural context. As an association it is set up to serve people that are connected to the rural world and to support efforts that bring the concept of regeneration into the center of rural culture and development.
Mission Statement: to support and develop human activities in the rural context that are rooted in an understanding of regenerative processes and a healthy lasting relationship between people and nature.
Goal: regenerative relationships between human activities and nature in the rural world.
What Ruralis does: Ruralis is an organization that develops, supports and co-creates projects that are in line with its mission. This includes research and development of projects that support an ecological, economical and socially sustainable/regenerative way of life.
Challenges and Qualities
In developing towards a society that is in harmony with the natural word rural areas face a specific set of challenges but also have a specific set of qualities.
The challenges include: Brain Drain, depopulation, farming and forestry practices that are harmful to the environment, a lack of political vision and action i.r.t. sustainable development and nostalgic attachment to old forms like wanting to save all villages from abandonment.
The qualities include: living close to the natural world, space to grow food, less pollution (light sound, air), smaller communities.
Central questions in the work of Ruralis:
- What kind of cultural, economic and social activities can support cultural vitality and sustainable/ regenerative ways of living in the rural context?
- What does a vibrant cultural and social life in the rural context look like?
- How to strengthen and generate a livelihood from the specific qualities of the rural context? Like the closeness to nature, the rural traditions and small communities.
- How can we generate a 21st century rural identity rooted in a sense of belonging, pride and an interconnectedness with the natural world?