23 Mar 2017

How Blockchain technology could change our lives?

The Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), has recently published an in-depth analysis on Blockchain technology. We contributed to this report, co-authored with Philip Boucher and Mihalis Kritikos from STOA. Beyond the earlier controversies around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, what has recently come to the foreground is the potential of its underlying protocol, Blockchain, in many other areas. The report provides an accessible entry point for those curious about Blockchain

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

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

7 Feb 2017

Lab Connections – what’s cooking?

The Lab Connections event in October 2016 was meant to familiarise policymakers with policy labs and policy lab approaches by hands-on work on EU challenges. Ten challenges from eight different policy areas were re-framed and explored in parallel lab sessions involving policy labs, Commission services, public authorities from different Member States and academics. Ideas for actions were generated for each challenge, and for some of them we started moving towards implementation by exploring the necessary steps

9 Jan 2017

Insights from behavioural sciences to prevent and combat violence against women

Violence against women can take many forms, including gender-based physical, sexual and psychological harm. This human rights abuse occurs more often than police and criminal justice statistics suggest. Survey data shows that one in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, and roughly the same proportion (32 %) has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014). To prevent

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

19 Dec 2016

Technology and refugee integration: great potential and many challenges

How could we effectively use technology and social media in order to support the integration of refugees in the labour market? This was the main question addressed during the EU Policy Lab expert workshop on Technology and refugee integration on 13th December in Brussels. Technology is not a silver bullet to solve integration challenges and its potential is yet to be realised. The multiple tech responses to refugees' needs that emerged in the past two