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ERIC Number: ED455065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 9
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Virtual Rural Community Development: Human Links That Sustain Web Links.
Bright, Larry K.; Evans, Wayne H.; Marmet, Kathy
Outmigration in the rural Upper Midwest prompted a group of citizens and University of South Dakota faculty to form the Center for the Advancement of Rural Communities (ARC). ARC considers how to stimulate traditionally competitive and isolated South Dakota peoples to collaborate for economic, social, educational, political, and cultural gains. As linkages with other like-minded rural groups were made and as members become informed about the importance of Internet resources in marketing new ideas and business ventures, ARC began developing a virtual rural community. ARC works with a distance education project that is bringing high bandwidth interactive video to 12 rural communities in the region, and with a national organization that explores the interests of national and international rural groups that desire to collaborate in maintaining their lifestyle, particularly as an alternative to urban models. Rural economic development requires rural citizens to envision a larger community. This requirement conflicts with traditional values of self-sufficiency and independence. Using telecommunications technologies to link widely distributed, small groups of fiercely independent people takes significant planning and energy. ARC has learned that, at least for the current generation of rural adults, face-to-face communication must precede use of Web/technological resources; technology applications must reflect intentions and values of rural people; and facilitators need warmth, interest, exceptional listening skills, and accurate recording skills to build communication linkages. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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