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

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

21 Sep 2016

Technology and social innovation for migrant integration

European response to the sharp increase in refugee flows has been extraordinary in many ways. On the more positive side, there is evidence of bourgeoning social innovation with old and new actors in the field being mobilised by dire situation of refugees and with new technologies playing an important role in developing better solutions to refugees' needs. Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion On 12 and 13 September 2016, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

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

JRC annual conference - Human capital for territorial growth6 Sep 2016

Coming up on 11 October: Roundtable on the future of cities and innovative approaches to tackling social challenges

The JRC is organising its annual conference on 11 October 2016 in Bozar, Brussels. This time, the topic is human capital for territorial growth. The event will gather researchers, policy makers and civil society representatives to identify major challenges for human capital development in regions and cities, including demographic change, migration and fairness to propose recommendations for research and policy actions. The conference coincides with a broad range of events that are part of the

Scenario exploration system24 Aug 2016

Towards a new version of our serious game: Migration scenarios 2030

The EU Policy Lab is preparing to develop a new version of the JRC award-winning Scenario Exploration System (SES) – a serious board game – to engage with uncertain and contentious futures of migration and its implications for EU policy-making. Drawing on the success of the Sustainable Transitions edition of the game that helped stimulate numerous discussions with a range of stakeholders around future directions for sustainable EU economy, we will now proceed with the migration

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