The RurInno project was presented at the leading conference for social innovation research taking place at the Glasgow Caledonian University from 5th to 7th September 2016. Our team member Ralph Richter (IRS) introduced the RurInno research project, gave impressions of the research activities and presented first findings. He suggested understanding rural social entrepreneurs as intermediate actors who systematically mobilise ideas and resources at other places to the benefit of their rural regions. Following him, the innovative power of rural social enterprises derives from bridging the gap between peripheral rural regions and urban centers or networks on other spatial scales.
The presentation was held in the panel “Rural Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise”. The focused topic of the panel provided an excellent opportunity for discussions with researchers from the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and other researchers who focus on the nexus between social entrepreneurship and rural communities.