Introduction and adaptation of an urban neighborhood platform for rural areas
European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
Various digital tools can be used to strengthen neighborhoods. This paper reports on a publicly funded participatory cross-sectional project in six German villages. In order to fulfill requirements of the villages, which were identified in citizen workshops together with local stakeholders, a selection procedure was carried out and the decision was made to use an already existing and known neighborhood platform. We demonstrate the challenges posed by the fact that the platform was not actually designed for the specific requirements of rural villages, but for larger cities or urban areas, so that various processes of adaptation and implementation had to be carried out. We reflect trade-offs and negotiations between research-led and community-oriented demands in the introduction and adaptation phase of the neighborhood platform in respect to usage motivations and roles of local stakeholder groups.