29 Mar 2017

Blockchain Week London: going beyond financial applications?

On 23 and 24th January 2017 the EU Policy Lab attended the 4th Annual Blockchain London Conference & Expo as part of the London Blockchain Week. The 2-day conference gathered more than 200 experts, developers, business representatives and public administrations working on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) in financial and non-financial sectors. The conference's aim was to assess present and emerging applications of Blockchain technology, moving from pilots and proof-of-concepts in Bitcoin and other

15 Mar 2017

Systemic Urban Research and Innovation Lab-session

Following Lab Connections, the EU Policy Lab has continued to work on some of the challenges brought forward by our colleagues in the European Commission during the event (you can read more about it in a previous post). Together with the colleagues of the Commission directorate general for research and innovation and the Waag Society we re-framed the challenge "Connecting digital, physical, natural and social solutions for cities". Urban areas are places where multiple societal challenges

19 Feb 2017

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

10 Nov 2016

Tomorrow’s cities: innovative approaches to tackling social challenges

On 11th October we organised a roundtable during the JRC Annual Conference (you can read more about it in the related blog post). Nick Dunn from Lancaster University, Pieter van de Glind from ShareNL, Abbas Sbeity from Lebanese Architecture Club and Sanja Sontor from Kiron discussed future perspectives on cities with a focus on social challenges and innovative ways of tackling them. Group discussion We spoke with them about how citizens can be involved in

Lab Connections - Policy Labs in Europe for Europe15 Sep 2016

Connecting policy labs across Europe with EU policy makers

In the past few months, we have tried to create a map of policy labs across Europe. We wanted to have an idea of the number of labs and also understand what their main fields of expertise are. This has not been an easy exercise. Firstly, policy labs are very heterogeneous in terms the areas they are active in, their size, their institutional belonging, the governance level they are active on and the constituencies they

23 Aug 2016

Our serious game awarded 2016 Most Innovative Futures Work

The JRC Scenario Exploration System is now an award winning serious game! On July 23rd, 2016, at the occasion of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) annual conference, the JRC SES won the award of the 2016 Most Innovative Futures Work delivered by the Association of Professional Futurist. This award recognises works that advance the methodology and practice of foresight and future studies   The award was also given to two other entries: Symposium on Intuition

29 Jun 2016

LAB CONNECTIONS policy labs in Europe, for Europe

Save the date! We are organising a gathering of policy labs on 17-18 October 2016 in Brussels Image credits: flickr.com/photos/gtozer   Europe is now witnessing a growing movement of Policy Labs and other public innovation teams at EU, national, regional and local levels of governance. Their experimental, creative and citizen-centred approaches are changing the ways policies are shaped and delivered, putting forward alternative solutions in a time when our institutions require more robust and adaptable

16 Jun 2016

JRC @ EDDs 2016: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

It's been an absolute pleasure to work with the Young Leaders for the second year in a row. We can now affirm that this carefully selected, exceptional group of people does not disappoint! This year we had the opportunity to co-facilitate a brainstorming session together with them at the European Development Days (EDDs) and shape innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Activity cards Following an intense day of preparation (you can read Alice's