20 Jun 2017

Towards the creation of a multi-level third space for systemic urban research and innovation

On 4th and 5th April we co-organised a lab session with the Innovating Cities team of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation to test the idea of a third space for systemic urban research and innovation. Together with European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe we tried to understand what should be the key features of a multi-level third space in which EU policy officers and all relevant stakeholders could

7 Jun 2017

Launch of the #Blockchain4EU project

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, running until February 2018. The project is a forward looking exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. It aims to identify, discuss and communicate possible uses and impacts of Blockchain and other DLT objects,

18 May 2017

Scenario Exploration System China edition 1.0

On May 16, 2017, the Scenario Exploration System (SES) was at the core of the "EU-China Collaboration and Foresight Workshop: the future of innovation in China and what it means for EU-China collaboration". This workshop was organised by the DRAGON-Star Plus project. The main objectives of the project are to support the European and Chinese research communities to establish collaborations under Horizon 2020 (the European Commission programme for research & innovation) and beyond and to

3 May 2017

Helping local communities chart a path towards their own greener future

The Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0 On March 14, the Climate KIC invited us to run a scenario exploration session in Bologna, Italy, in the frame of the project "Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0" (CMF 2.0). This project is supporting various cities in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Bologna has adopted a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to reduce CO2 emissions, as required by the Covenant of Mayors. However, its lack of

26 Apr 2017

Adapting the Scenario Exploration System to propose solutions to community issues

After two years since its birth, the Scenario Exploration System is expanding its range of uses and is showing its adaptability. The Circular Ocean project On March 29, the Circular Ocean project invited us to a project consortium meeting held under the auspices of Macroom E, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cork County Council, Ireland. This EU funded project is pursuing innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, seeking to inspire enterprises and

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

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

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

14 Nov 2016

Discussing youth radicalisation and migration with African experts

What drives young people in African countries into the arms of violent extremist organisations and networks? Is there a convergence between reasons for radicalisation and the forces that make young people leave their country in search of a better life elsewhere? What does this mean for policy instruments that aim at increasing the number of African migrants being returned to their countries of origin or not even leaving their homes in the first place? How