This is the online first version published on 2022-06-17. Read the most recent version. Rural Community Development Click-by-Click. Processes and dynamics of digitally supported social innovations in peripheral rural areas Authors Nicole Zerrer Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5394-4289 Ariane Sept Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8691-1950 Gabriela Christmann Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7799-3536 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.145 Keywords: Digitalisation, village development, sociospatial processes, rural challenges, social innovation, innovation process Abstract Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, residents in peripheral and structurally weak rural areas began to move into the digital age. Digital tools are being used and developed to address existing challenges in rural areas such as local communication, healthcare or mobility. Against the background of a conceptual framework of social and digital innovations from a process perspective, this paper asks how the processes and dynamics of digitally supported social innovations in rural areas can be understood and described. By analysing five villages in Germany, we show that the digital initiatives – despite their different contexts, contents and driving actors – develop over three phases: an inspiration phase, an emergence phase and a consolidation phase. This dynamic process can be interpreted as “linear-circular”, because while overall a very targeted development of innovative problem solutions can be observed within the three-phase process, at the same time creative development loops and new inspirations exercise influence. Downloads Download data is not yet available. Downloads PDF HTML XML Published 2022-06-17 Versions 2022-06-30 (2) 2022-06-17 (1) How to Cite Zerrer, N., Sept, A. and Christmann, G. (2022) “Rural Community Development Click-by-Click. Processes and dynamics of digitally supported social innovations in peripheral rural areas”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE, 80(3). doi: 10.14512/rur.145. More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Vol. 80 No. 3 (2022) Section Research Article License Copyright (c) 2022 Nicole Zerrer, Ariane Sept, Gabriela Christmann This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung – Spatial Research and Planning are published under a Creative Commons license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is CC BY 4.0. From Vol. 77 No. 1 to Vol. 79 No.1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. Earlier volumes have been re-published by oekom 2022 under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0.