25 Oct 2015

Building research into practical regulation for consumer financial protection

The EU Policy Lab was invited to speak in London, during a joint OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)-FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) 2-day conference on "Discovering what works: Building research into practical regulation for consumer financial protection". The event was well attended, with just short of one hundred participants from 34 different jurisdictions. Sharing knowledge The event was an opportunity to share knowledge – and even gain direct exposure through amusing hands-on experiments -

20 Oct 2015

2nd Nudge Climate Challenge

The EU Policy Lab was invited as a member of the Jury for the 2nd Nudge Climate Challenge. This initiative took place during the Public Innovation week (12-18 Oct), promoted and organised by NudgeFrance, which promotes the Nudge approach in France. What is a Nudge? Nudge (which is also the title of a bestseller book by Sunstein and Thaler, 2008) literally means a gentle push. In policymaking, a nudge is a change of the choice

15 Oct 2015

Serious game: The JRC Scenario Exploration System

    A serious game consists in the application of entertaining, enjoyable techniques to achieve a serious, professional purpose. Serious games can be very powerful to get over psychological resistances, either to learning or to engaging with specific people or groups. During the past months we developed and tested our first serious game, the 'Scenario Exploration System' (SES), as an experimental instrument in order to better engage our stakeholders with the result of a foresight

13 Oct 2015

Collaborative Economy workshop@Business Innovation Observatory

Detail from the BIO infographic Last week I attended the Workshop on the Collaborative Economy, organized by the Business Innovation Observatory of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The aim was to discuss the opportunities, policy gaps and challenges brought by the Collaborative Economy, framed by the findings of 3 case studies - Crowdsolving, Freemium and Collaborative Production. Invited panellists included practitioners and entrepreneurs from platforms and/or start-ups, experts