a smarter way to work

With the information highway expanding into Europe’s rural territories the MICROPOL project has a vision of a network of Teleworking or ‘Smart’ Work Centres across rural Europe providing the same level of ICT and internet services previously reserved for Europe’s economic hotspots. In the planning of the Micropol visit to the Nièvre, the Niverlan team wanted to give their partners from across Europe a chance not only to visit our own successful Smart Work Centre in the town of Lormes but also by organizing a conference to see what is happening across rural France, meeting the people and getting a real insight into the Centres which have successfully attracted independents, businesses and the public sector and which have created a real ICT resource for local communities.

In addition it was key for us to connect with local stakeholders, to organize events relevant to their needs and show how European cooperation could add value to local plans currently underway in the Nièvre to significantly expand the number and scope of SWC’s in the county, whilst engaging them in this motivating European cooperation project. So in cooperation with the County Council and other local partners we decided to integrate the Micropol visit into a county ‘teleworking week’ aimed at raising the profile of teleworking in the county.

We wanted to ensure that Micropol partners got a good understanding of the ingredients that make a successful rural French SWC and that local stakeholders would get the benefit of learning from best practice in their own country and from across Europe .

To help set the scene on French teleworking policy and practice Cécilia Durieu, Associate Director of GreenWorking presented a study on Smart Work Centres commissioned by the French Ministry of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy ; Cécilia was followed by Stéphane CHALIER the teleworker support coordinator at one of France’s most successful rural Smart Work Centres at Murat in the Auvergne. Stéphane gave a real insight into the importance of local political backing, the provision of practical support services and long-term commitment in setting and operating up a rural SWC to counter the tenancy, so prevalent in rural Europe, of sustained population loss. The second practical example from France, the Nomade 100 initiative from the region of Normandy, (and very appropriately via Video link) gave not only success stories but also an analysis of why so often SWC’s in rural areas don’t work, through lack of appropriate planning, political and community support, all vital if we are to create successful SWC policies and practice across rural Europe.

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Nièvre visit Media Coverage

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Videos of the conference and study visit

List of video présentations on 11 September 2012 GREENWORKING STUDY ON SMART WORK CENTRE SMART WORK CENTER of MURAT SMART WORK CENTER of ORNES - NOMADE 100 List of video presentations on 12 (...)


Tuesday 11 September : Study cases and best French practice (Workshop with video link at the chambers of the ‘Agglomeration de Nevers' )|http://www.greenworking.fr) | |11H00 - 12H30|Study case : (...)

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