SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND SOCIAL INNOVATIONS IN STRUCTURALLY WEAK RURAL REGIONS. IMPRESSIONS FROM THE EU-FUNDED PROJECT RURACTION.

SECTION I:
INTRODUCTION

Challenges of structurally weak rural regions in the European Union
Social Enterprises
Social Innovations
The RurAction project and its aims

SECTION II:
THE ALENTEJO REGION IN PORTUGAL AND ADC MOURA

Introduction
The Idea of Networking
Local and international cross-sectoral networking: South-West Archaeology Digs
Networking for elderly people: Centro Social de Safara
Networking and the Roma community
Networking of farmers
History and tradition as elements of innovating
Challenges of innovating in Moura

SECTION III:
THE PHTHIOTIS REGION IN GREECE AND STEVIA HELLAS

New crops under traditional conditions in the area of Lamia
Stevia Hellas Cooperative – a coordinator of the farmers’ work
Novel ways of improving agricultural work
Exchange of experience as part of farmers’ work
Innovating by combining different types of knowledge and experiences

SECTION IV:
THE BALLYHOURA REGION IN IRELAND AND BALLYHOURA DEVELOPMENT CLG

Introduction
Ballyhoura Development CLG a socially-innovative non-profit organisation
Joint development of action plans: Croom Community Centre
Integration and care of people with dementia: Carebright Community
Local sports activities: Mitchellstown Leisure Centre
Innovating through the bottom-up creation of facilities for everyday life in structurally weak rural regions

SECTION V:
CONCLUSIONS, APPENDIX AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Conclusions
The RurAction network: early stage researchers, research institutions and social enterprises
Research Institutions
Social Enterprises
The early stage researchers of RurAction
Researchers’ Notebooks
Acknowledgements