spent her childhood in the countryside and now enjoys exploring rural areas in all kinds of activities related to her work, leisure and family life. She looks to the rural periphery for inspiration on how to live well in the urban centers of the future. based in a city yet fond of the countryside, is convinced that we must cross the rural-urban divide. He works as a project manager at the research and scholarship de-partment at the ZEIT-Stiftung.The magazine “Rural Futures” draws directly from our encounters and explorations in the countryside and shows how important and timely it is to build and communicate a new understanding: Not only is the countryside changing drastically in different regions of the world, becoming more and more disconnected from its local social context and natural resources, as critical assessments underline, but also, rural contributions to building a sustainable future are essential to solving the most demanding issues of our time, such as environmental challenges and climate change. Local projects and initiatives can have an impact both regionally and far afield.Informed by their research or practical work in administration, businesses, or civil society, the con-tributors discuss representations of the countryside and its functions, rural developments, local initiatives, and identities. We hope you will be inspired, and we look forward to your feedback! Together, let us reflect on the future of the countryside. Let us search for new ways to balance globalization, growth, and sustaina-bility across the urban-rural divide and create oppor-tunities for a good life in rural areas. Your Rural Futures editorial team at theZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Anna Hofmann Matthias Koch Luis Rieken 02actionURI(https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-hofmann-459a00a4/): actionURI(https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthias-koch-981b0b22b/):
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