Franz graduated as sociologist at Vienna University in 1982. As user programming consultant for Apple Computer he was involved in many different digital projects and was influenced by D. Engelbarts concept of "bootstrap research", which he applies to rural rejuvenation.
He was convener of many events on spatial development and digitisation, like "Global Village" in Vienna`s city hall, Telework 96, "Cultural Heritage in the Global Village" etc. From 1998, he focused on education as the key condition for securing rural habitats survival and thriving. From 2003 to 2019, he developed the concept of "Videobridging Learning Villages", which had its first public appearance with the help of friends and voluntary supporters as "DorfUni"at the Elevate Festival in Graz 2020 and is growing since.