netboxTarget Group: General community

Geographical Reach: Europe wide

Project Duration: 2011 – 2014

Project Funder: EU Lifelong Learning Programme

Project Manager: Nick Smith

Project Aim


Superact was one of the lead consortium partners on the Netbox project, a pilot scheme which ran across Europe from 2011 to 2014. The project aimed “to pilot and validate a model for educationally self-sufficient rural communities where traditional consumers of educational services can become producers of educational services and content”.

Superact managed the UK component of the Netbox project in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, with the aim of helping the community there discover the resources available to them locally. After an initial consultation spent researching the skills-base and facilities currently accessible to the people of Wiveliscombe, a tailored online network was developed to serve as a forum where knowledge can be shared, local talent nurtured and tuition sought.


Consortium members worked with six rural communities across Europe to launch the project. These communities identified and harnessed the skills, knowledge and educational assets available to them locally in order to address identified educational needs within their local communities. The core objectives of Netbox are to:

Develop a new model for lifelong learning in small rural communities that considerably increases the range and availability of educational services and supports
Create a greater sense of community engaging local residents, service providers and businesses toward a common set of goals
Foster the development of many kinds of learning in the selected rural communities
Encourage local educational partnerships
Promote inter-cultural awareness by linking online learning communities in the different pilot communities through

Consortium partners are using best practice in online learning, social networking design and a blend of Asset Based Community Development and Needs-based Community Development approaches to achieve the aims and objectives of the project.

The Netbox Project is run by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. To learn more, visit the Netbox Project Website