Since moving to the Kootenays, and now officially living in a rural dominated region, I’ve become more interested in studies regarding the challenges and impacts of rural living. Another blog interested in this Legal Ruralism, although mostly from a legal (and American) perspective, there are regular, informative articles about rural living.
A recent post that caught my eye is one about newcomers in an oldertimer’s town.
The plain truth is that in many historically static and homogeneous rural places, the oldtimers (long-time residents, usually representing several generations in the same place) simply didn’t have the human and social capital necessary to initiate new programs and, just as importantly, figure out how to fund those programs. What newcomers have often brought is knowledge of urban programs that can be adapted to rural settings. But this has not made oldtimers obsolete; they have contributed local knowledge, localized social capital, and great passion for and commitment to their communities.
Enough said, some good thoughts about oldtimers vs newcomers. Interesting stuff for me as a newcomer in a position of change management.