• EU POLICY LAB

    A COLLABORATIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL SPACE FOR INNOVATIVE POLICY-MAKING
  • HUMAN PERSPECTIVE

    BEHAVIOURS, BIASES AND DECISION PROCESSES
  • CONTEXT AND COMPLEXITY

    INSIGHTFUL CONVERSATIONS,  DESIRABLE FUTURES
     
  • DESIGN FOR POLICY

    SEEDING QUESTIONS, FRAMING IDEAS

WHAT WE DO

The EU Policy Lab is a collaborative and experimental space for innovative policy-making.
It is both a physical space and a way of working that combines

FORESIGHT

BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS

DESIGN THINKING

to explore, connect and find solutions for better policies.

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By accessing diverse areas of knowledge, we strive to co-create, test and prototype ideas to address complex social problems and to enable collective change. The Lab invites policy-makers to explore scenarios, connect issues and find solutions for better policies, acting as a facilitator and providing a safe-space for open interactions. It delivers insights and works side by side with the services and agencies of the European Institutions, international bodies, public organisations, universities and research centres. The Lab’s main fields of practice are foresight, behavioural insights and design-thinking.  The lab setting facilitates collaboration between policy-makers and society.

Foresight explores long-term futures and creates shared visions for policy-making.

Behavioural Insights result from multidisciplinary research in fields such as economics, psychology and neuroscience, to understand how humans behave and make decisions in everyday life.

Design thinking deploys people- and solution-centred processes to help stakeholders to innovate.

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We serve all Commission's Directorates and focus on the creation of bridges and synergies. A transparent, proactive and participatory approach guarantees a positive contribution by all the participating parties.

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A collection of news, notes, reflection on our workshops or events we attended.

Lab sessions

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Playing the Scenario Exploration System at the AAAS meeting

This week we the EU Policy Lab attended the AAAS meeting in Boston. The meeting has been a great opportunity to inform the participants about our activities and especially to present the serious game Scenario Exploration System (SES) to a larger audience. Thanks to the appealing look of the game board and the bright colours of the chips and cards, many participants were driven to our table, to understand what was happening and ask information about the

17 Feb 2017

EU Policy Lab at MIT

On the occasion of the AAAS, the EU Policy Lab is in Boston! Yesterday we got the chance to visit the MIT Media Lab and we organised a Scenario Exploration System (SES) session with a small group of students. Inventing a better future The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory funded in 1985. Staff and students are doing innovative research ranging from cognition and learning, to electronic music, holography and computing. Their main focus is

14 Feb 2017

Current and emerging trends for digital social innovation

On February 7th the City of Barcelona Office of Technology and Digital Innovation, in collaboration with the European Commission, organized the Digital Social Innovation (DSI) event on "Data Sovereignty for the Collaborative Economy". DSI is an innovation field in which technology and social entrepreneurs collaborate with citizens and their communities using digital technologies to co-create knowledge and solutions for multiple social issues, from health to democracy, from consumption to transparency, from education to alternative currencies. The Digital Social Innovation for Europe platform, funded by the CAPS program (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social innovation), is currently showcasing  a community of 1198 organisations and 794 projects

7 Feb 2017

Lab Connections – what’s cooking?

The Lab Connections event in October 2016 was meant to familiarise policymakers with policy labs and policy lab approaches by hands-on work on EU challenges. Ten challenges from eight different policy areas were re-framed and explored in parallel lab sessions involving policy labs, Commission services, public authorities from different Member States and academics. Ideas for actions were generated for each challenge, and for some of them we started moving towards implementation by exploring the necessary steps

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