Joanna Storie
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Joanna Storie commented on Nick Wilding's group The transfer process
"Unfortunately in the example I saw the elected official had some knowledge but abused that knowledge. Being on first name terms was not enough in this case, something a healthy dose of respect would have cured though. This is a hangover from the…"
Feb 2, 2012
Joanna Storie commented on Nick Wilding's group The transfer process
"That is encouraging as I was thinking that yesterday after witnessing an appalling example of how not to encourage the local population. I felt that perhaps the local mayor himself should be setting the example, and your answer confirms that. Now…"
Feb 2, 2012
Joanna Storie commented on Nick Wilding's group The transfer process
"In many ways I see where people plug the gap here in Latvia too, not believing any of the politicians and yet they still seem to think the State should fill the gaps, but that could be the older generation perhaps who still remember the Soviet…"
Feb 2, 2012
Joanna Storie commented on Nick Wilding's group The transfer process
"I have just read your post Michael and it is interesting the sense of entitlement and how that pans out in a community. I actually live in Latvia and therefore the sense of entitlement takes a different flavour. I see the anger and sense of…"
Feb 1, 2012
Joanna Storie left a comment for Tom Archer
"Thanks Tom for your comments. I clicked on reply back and obviously ended up in the wrong place."
Feb 1, 2012
Tom Archer left a comment for Joanna Storie
"Hi Joanna, That sounds like a challenging context, and i'm trying to compare/relate that to scenarios here in UK.  I guess the closest thing we have here are Trusts that are set up to manage certain environments (e.g. a Coast and…"
Feb 1, 2012
Joanna Storie left a comment for Tom Archer
"Hi Tom I was interested in the transfer process because I am currently researching a project for my Masters' thesis, which is Wild boar: Friend or Foe? Examining the conflict of wild boar management in Erglu Novads (which is a region in Latvia…"
Jan 31, 2012
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The transfer process

This theme is about(a) How services can be effectively transferred from local authorities to new partnerships with social enterprises and the third sector; and(b) innovations in rural service design and delivery emerging from this proceSee More
Jan 30, 2012
Bernard Joyce left a comment for Joanna Storie
"Hi Joanna. We have both been amazed at some of the similarities and some of the common. When visiting rural areas in Latvia, it is sometimes like a trip back in time for me. We still manage to get milk from a local farmer and an abundent supply of…"
Apr 28, 2011
Joanna Storie left a comment for Bernard Joyce
"An interesting connection considering how many Latvians move to Ireland to work. What are the biggest differences your wife notices between rural Latvia and rural Ireland?"
Apr 28, 2011
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Jan 31, 2011
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Apr 7, 2010

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Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
I currently live in rural Latvia and would love to hear ideas of how to help build vibrant, resilient rural community. Latvia needs all the help it can get to help build up these precious folk.
About Me (areas of expertise/interest I can share)
I spent 15 years bringing up my children in a small village in Derbyshire before setting off on my travels which has taken me to Denmark, America and now Latvia.
Website:
http://thejourneytosomewhere.blogspot.com

Joanna Storie's Blog

Rubbish

On the 1st January our local pagast (parish council) did not renew its tender for waste removal. There is a company that will serve our local area here in rural Latvia for a cost but I suspect that due to the poor local economy some people will not take up the service. Latvians by nature are quite tidy and although buildings may crumble the general area is kept neat but there must be a temptation to dump rubbish out of sight when money is short. The local dump was shut in compliance of EU… Continue

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 20:27

Stemming youth out-migration

I am currently studying and I am doing an assignment on stemming the tide of youth out-migration in rural Latvia in a report format. I believe that actually stemming the tide is not necessarily helpful as the rural youth need to gain experience from other areas, maybe even move out for a time but I do believe that it is essential to encourage the young people back, hopefully having gained valuable experience, fresh ideas and a commitment to live in the area rather than a resentment due to lack… Continue

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 10:05 — 2 Comments

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At 10:00 on February 1, 2012, Tom Archer said…

Hi Joanna,

That sounds like a challenging context, and i'm trying to compare/relate that to scenarios here in UK.  I guess the closest thing we have here are Trusts that are set up to manage certain environments (e.g. a Coast and Countryside Trust). I wonder if there are things to be learned from these types of bodies, particularly about developing co-operation/volunteering?

On a separate, but related note, a lack of voluntary co-operation (and reliance on the State) is something prevalent here also.  A member of the group posted a comment about local library closures, and the lack of 'co-productive' instincts in his community.  Its worth a read (see the Comment Wall of the Transfer Process group - his name is Michael Pitchford).

I'd urge you to post any thoughts/questions on the Comment Wall.  Who knows what contructive input you might get!

Tom

At 14:24 on January 31, 2012, Tom Archer said…

Hi Joanna,

Welcome to The Transfer Process group.  I'd be really interested to hear how some of these ideas about service transfer relate to a Latvian context?

Do you have a strong community/voluntary sector in Latvia?  Are there big cultural/political differences?

I look forward to hearing more.

Tom Archer

At 10:32 on April 28, 2011, Bernard Joyce said…

Hi Joanna.

We have both been amazed at some of the similarities and some of the common. When visiting rural areas in Latvia, it is sometimes like a trip back in time for me. We still manage to get milk from a local farmer and an abundent supply of fresh fruit & veg. My wife's dad is a farmer, though only got his farm back in 1991. We are both involved (and actually) met through song and dance. We have set up a support group in the West of Ireland for Latvian families. We have also hosted a group of visiting farmers interesting in sheep production.

The issues of migration are very common between Latvians and Irish. In the past Irish migrants who lived abroad and who had a stronger sense of identity seemed to settle in better. Those who didn't seemed to fall by the wayside.

At 9:38 on August 3, 2009, Kirsty Tait said…
Hi Joanna
Welcome to fieryspirits.com - lots of interesting discussions happening. The best way to start is by reading the site guide and watching the introduction video to the Carnegie Rural Programme (both links are on the top of the home page.) Then just have an explore - please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Thanks
Kirsty
Rural Programme Co-ordinator

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