Foresight knowledge management tool

A foresight knowledge-management tool that aims at developing systematic understanding and diversified readings of future trends and drivers shaping our society, to feed the policymaking cycle with anticipatory knowledge in a quick and responsive manner.

Why

Diversified reading of megatrends

The aim is to facilitate new, quicker and effective ways of engaging policy-makers in future-thinking in order to build resilient and robust policies. Through horizon-scanning, sense-making and trends analysis, the EU Policy Lab can develop and provide a more diversified reading of the forces shaping the future. Understanding the interconnections amongst drivers and trends will serve as a solid basis for embarking on new foresight projects. More importantly, it will also enable a systematic understanding of issues to build future-proof processes that can feed more quickly into policy making, promoting a longer-term thinking in policy planning.

What

Foresight knowledge management and trends analysis

A web-based knowledge-management infrastructure that serves as a framework for thinking about the future. The foresight knowledge management repository is used for engaging with policymakers on the use of foresight and the implications of megatrends on their policy field. The tool will be a background and starting point for future foresight work undertaken by the JRC. A horizon scanning function will allow filling gaps and keeping the tool up-to-date.

How

Systematically and collaboratively

We collect intelligence that could have significant impact on the future of Europe, categorised into:

  • developments that indicate change
  • forecasts and projections
  • indicators to monitor change
  • potential implications
  • new scanning items (identified through a Horizon Scanning process)
  • daily news feeds (from the European Media Monitoring system)
  • models relevant to the respective trends

This is done through interactive and participatory events such as focus groups, workshops, seminars and conferences.. The participation of policy-makers, external experts and foresight practitioners identified through partnerships with national and international foresight entities is key to maximise the uptake of the tool and the process.

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