In the Smart Rural 27 podcast series, we are talking to inspiring people engaged in the Smart Villages process at various (local, national and European) levels. The first set of episodes are focusing on the local level. We are talking to representatives of local rural communities who are telling about their journey to improve their communities and areas in a smart way, inspiring solutions & ideas they are currently working on in different themes (such as energy communities and digital services), as well as how they have managed to engage members of their community in these actions. In future episodes, we are planning to talk to policymakers and other stakeholders to find out more about how Smart Villages are supported in the Member States.