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Technologies and collaborative education strengthen conviviality in rural communities in the Alps and in Senegal

Udo Müller (Müller Technologies Development, Ferndorf, Austria)
Gilbert Ahamer (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, Austria)
Holger Peters (Inensus GmbH, Goslar, Germany)
Elisabeth Weinke (Interfaculty Department for Geoinformatics, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria)
Norbert Sapper (Federal Institute for Kindergarten Pedagogy, Klagenfurt, Austria)
Elvira Salcher (Federal Elementary School, Greifenburg, Austria)

Multicultural Education & Technology Journal

ISSN: 1750-497X

Article publication date: 7 June 2013



The purpose of this publication is to present a didactic concept with the targeted impact of a positive future vision. This paper reflects the effect of local educational action on the development of regionally optimised visions in rural regions of a European industrial state, compared with a rural region in the developing country of Senegal.


An assessment and analysis of two conceptual approaches to education and technology is conducted with a view to participating in a future multicultural participatory design process, and identifying the chances that communities have to build future‐oriented structures that support local roots and development.


In the short‐term, the technological and material results are the targeted localisation of a windmill in the (physical and cultural) countryside. In the long‐term, educative and social results are expected to strengthen local civil society, which is initiated by empowering students through their self‐responsibility in the Alpine region of Greifenburg, Austria. The “windmill” in the region is a publicly visible sign and a technology‐based icon in the landscape, based on local consensus on several levels and inspiring further regional consensus on energy, climate protection and its active creation through entrepreneurship in civil society.


Technology serves as a catalyst to trigger social cohesion among multiple cultures in a region and to enhance conviviality.



Müller, U., Ahamer, G., Peters, H., Weinke, E., Sapper, N. and Salcher, E. (2013), "Technologies and collaborative education strengthen conviviality in rural communities in the Alps and in Senegal", Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Vol. 7 No. 2/3, pp. 207-227.



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