Guide addressed to Community Managers working in mountain and rural areas in order to create heritage-based and inclusive development opportunities

Description & Aims

The guide is addressed to community managers, who work in vulnerable territories, with the aim to define the role of the CM and the methodologies and techniques that he/she can use in order to activate the community and create opportunities of local heritage-based and inclusive development.

The guide provides community managers with competences connected with heritage-based development processes.

Activities & Methodology

The Guide will be composed of two parts:

1st part: a 50-page-booklet in English about the profile of the community manager working in vulnerable areas to renovate and promote heritage-based opportunities, as well as a good practices collection 


Guide Common Heritage EN

Guide Common Heritage PT

Guide Common Heritage IT

2nd part: Digital resources, which will integrate the booklet and will be available online.

Synthetic framework of competences


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Accessibility Carolina Martins PSML

Business Models Alexandra Mendonca

Expert Papers:

Territorial Governance The Melides Experience

Appennninol Hub EN

The Karitsa incident as an early version of the Comm.On Heritage Project_EN 

Community Co-operation – G.Teneggi


Jeod Teneggi Zandonai

Digital Tools:

Digital tools-comm.on


Guideline for minivideo production

Community Heritage GeoTrail in vulnerable areas

Description & Aims

Partners will design a heritage trail including all tangible and intangible elements representing the cultural heritage, including past and present elements, with a transcultural and accessibility approach.

Activities & Methodology

Partners, as community managers, will design and activate the community leaders (representatives of associations, local experts on heritage, entrepreneurs committed in traditional productions, institutions, touristic and environmental guides) in a participatory workshop. The workshop will last 8 hours and will be structured in 2 parts:

  • world café, aimed at sharing a common interpretation of local heritage, selecting main tangibleand intangible elements.
  • a practical workshop, in order to create ways of hiding geocaches (puzzles and different tricks, e.g. creating a “night geocache” that can be found only during night, e.g. “letterbox geocache”). Each partner will carry out the workshop in its territory.

Each GeoTrail will be uploaded on the international website and app of Geocaching, ensuring visibility to the project and its specific purposes. Geocaching is a tool already known, but it is usually used with recreational purposes. Partners will use it also to promote an adult education process on local heritage.

Italian GeoTrail 

Greek GeoTrail 

Slovenian GeoTrail 

Portuguese Geotrail

Description & Aims

Partners will prepare a practical toolkit (pdf, 30 pages) on analysing and assessing the challenges and ideating new heritage-inspired solutions with the aim to build on the social, economic, environmental and cultural value of local cultural heritage.

Activities & Methodology

The toolkit will present a step-by-step process of defining the issues, interdisciplinary analyses (designers, sociologists, social workers, architects, economists, etc.), working with local decision- and policy makers and skilled mentors, presentation of the results and implementation of proposal – by and for local population. The toolkit will contain a Strategic Heritage-inspired Planning Canvas, designed for each specific phase of the process, and the framework of “Period Table of Proposals”, aimed at evaluating and prioritizing very diverse projects, highlighting logical connection between them and showing people how small ideas can contribute to big change. The toolkit will be one of the tools that the Community manager can use to activate the community in order to create heritage-based development opportunities, especially when the emphasis is on innovation and sustainable development and inclusive participatory process. The toolkit will complement the Guide (IO1).

Innovating Cultural Heritage Toolkit

Collaborative digital platform

Description & Aims

The partnership will create a collaborative digital platform, aiming at collecting and showcasing different ideas for the development of communities.

Activities & Methodology

Starting from previous experiences of Idrija 2020, partners will design the digital platform and share it, both within the partnership and with other organizations, so that each Community Manager who has been reached through the project could use it for his/hers work. The digital platform will offer a schematic overview of heritage-based development opportunities, which will come out in each vulnerable area involved in the project, thanks to the inclusive reinterpretation process leaded by the Community Manager.