22 Dec 2016

How can global trends be used in foresight?

On 18th November we organised a one-day workshop to pilot a foresight policy-engagement tool based on a set of global megatrends. The workshop was also used to gather the experience and good practice of foresight practitioners in engaging policy-makers and other stakeholders in long-term and systems-thinking processes. Piloting the ForKnow tool The purpose of the workshop was twofold: to pilot the policy – engagement tool based on global megatrends and to gather experience and good

24 Nov 2016

Future of textile and clothing industry: impacts of the vision 2025

The future of industry project is approaching its end as we have completed the process on the second case study on non-ferrous metals. With this study, we wanted to develop a process to engage with industry sectors in order to understand the challenges facing European manufacturers, and to develop recommendations in response (you can read more about this project in the related page). One year has already passed since the future vision 2025 for the

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

20 Sep 2016

JRC Scenario Exploration System videos: how it works

The JRC SES continues to trigger the interest of a wide range of people. We received many requests to access the game from different organisation but also we were asked to explain in a more visual and concrete way how a session works. That is why we collected the video material we had from previous sessions and created 2 short videos. You can look at one of them below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwwrnpzYLnE Latest game sessions A few

Future of Industries - Non ferrous metals12 Jul 2016

A vision for the non-ferrous metals industry in 2050

On 20th and 21st June, we held our first workshop on the future of the non-ferrous metals (NFM) industry in Europe. This is the second case study of the Future of Industry project that we are currently running for the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The purpose of this workshop, the first of two, was to identify and understand the key drivers of change for the European non-ferrous metals

Regio KnowShare User map22 Jun 2016

Co-designing a “bottom-up” community to improve the management of European Regional Development Funds – REGIO KnowShare

In this historical period, the European Union is seen by far too many people as an aloof Institution characterized by a high degree of democratic deficit. When you face a challenge in your everyday job it is of the utmost importance to have a qualified second opinion, it makes you feel part of a community of people. In the long run, it means creating professional and personal bonds and we should not forget that experts

14 Jun 2016

Getting ready for our session at European Development Days 2016

After a successful workshop with the then “Future Leaders” in 2015, the EU Policy Lab stepped up its work with these youths to organise two events this year: one for the Young Leaders and one with the Young Leaders for a broader audience during the EDDs. The first event on 10 June aimed at building a common understanding of interconnections between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Group discussion We discussed their implementation in light of

22 Feb 2016

Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy: European Report 2016

How do private companies ensure that new products will have sufficient demand? How can pharmaceutical companies be sure that new medicines will have proven health effects? How can the automotive industry design more aerodynamic and safer cars? While there is no mystery around what delivers better products in the private sector, yet the same approach struggles to trickle down to the public sector. It aint's what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's

12 Jan 2016

The less visible “sharing economy”

Mareike Geiling is a co-founder of “Refugees Welcome”,an online platform that matches people who have an empty room with refugees who need a place to stay in Germany. She was rather surprised when she received an invitation to a European Commission workshop about the "sharing economy" run by the Joint Research Centre in December 2015. Despite being a prime example of platform-enabled sharing, she and her colleagues have not associated their Berlin-based initiative with the