Proceedings of The International Conference on New Trends in Management, Business, and Economics
The Role of Social Learning in Rural Development
Katalin Liptak, Klara Szucsne Markovics
The aim of the study is to examine and present social innovations that have been successful in the North Hungary and South Transdanubia regions, and that have improved the employment and competitiveness positions of the region or the given municipality. The two regions have similar economic and social features and a similar spatial structure of small villages, yet we will see that the issue of social innovation is nevertheless completely different in the two. In the Northern Hungary region, two less known innovations were chosen: the activities and social innovation of the Self-Reliant Otherness Quality of Life Development Foundation, and the production of pumpkin seed oil in Boldva. In the South Transdanubia region, I characterize the community employment based on the Belecska social land programme and the “Fate-transforming – Destiny-shaping” programme in Gyulaj, which are much better known social innovations that have been operating for decades, although their adaptation and transposition to other regions is for the most part unsuccessful. Thus, I considered it worthwhile to explore the essence of these programmes, the process of social learning, which can help transfer the successful elements into the practice of other municipalities.
Keywords: countryside, social innovation, social learning process.