16 Dec 2015

“A vision for the EU sharing economy” 1st Workshop

The EU Policy Lab is currently running a foresight project on the "sharing economy" to explore its possible future developments in a comprehensive, open and imaginative way. Through a qualitative and participatory approach, we will generate insights for the development of a European agenda for the "sharing" or "collaborative" economy by  the European Commission. In the context of this project, we organised the first of two workshops in Brussels on 10th December (the second one planned for 25-26

7 Dec 2015

Transforming a region from within

How do you promote a user-centred culture within a regional administration? How do make different parts of an administration speak the same language? How do you involve citizens to co-create services? Well, you participate in the Transfo programme and set up your own design lab. Meeting the 27e Region and the PACA region innovation lab On November 18-19 the 27e Region organised in collaboration with the JRC EU Policy Lab a meeting of French regional

2 Dec 2015

2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy

The report "2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy" was published today This foresight study aimed at developing long-term visions for eco-industries (Horizon 2035), identifying relevant trends and drivers, highlighting implications for EU policies and describing realistic and desirable possible futures. A systemic approach to eco-industries was taken by defining them as a stream of business activities across and within the entire industrial bsegment of society encompassing "Green industries" (environmental industries), "Industries greening"(other industries adopting eco-innovations)

9 Nov 2015

Future of Industry project: understanding the textile sector

The Future of Industry project is set in the context of calls for a European 'industrial renaissance' and a commitment to raise the industry share of GDP in the EU from 16% to 20% of GDP by 2020. The objective of this study is to develop a process to engage interactively with industry sectors and relevant stakeholders in order to understand the challenges facing European manufacturers, and to develop recommendations in response. First workshop: developing

25 Oct 2015

Building research into practical regulation for consumer financial protection

The EU Policy Lab was invited to speak in London, during a joint OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)-FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) 2-day conference on "Discovering what works: Building research into practical regulation for consumer financial protection". The event was well attended, with just short of one hundred participants from 34 different jurisdictions. Sharing knowledge The event was an opportunity to share knowledge – and even gain direct exposure through amusing hands-on experiments -

20 Oct 2015

2nd Nudge Climate Challenge

The EU Policy Lab was invited as a member of the Jury for the 2nd Nudge Climate Challenge. This initiative took place during the Public Innovation week (12-18 Oct), promoted and organised by NudgeFrance, which promotes the Nudge approach in France. What is a Nudge? Nudge (which is also the title of a bestseller book by Sunstein and Thaler, 2008) literally means a gentle push. In policymaking, a nudge is a change of the choice

15 Oct 2015

Serious game: The JRC Scenario Exploration System

    A serious game consists in the application of entertaining, enjoyable techniques to achieve a serious, professional purpose. Serious games can be very powerful to get over psychological resistances, either to learning or to engaging with specific people or groups. During the past months we developed and tested our first serious game, the 'Scenario Exploration System' (SES), as an experimental instrument in order to better engage our stakeholders with the result of a foresight

13 Oct 2015

Collaborative Economy workshop@Business Innovation Observatory

Detail from the BIO infographic Last week I attended the Workshop on the Collaborative Economy, organized by the Business Innovation Observatory of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The aim was to discuss the opportunities, policy gaps and challenges brought by the Collaborative Economy, framed by the findings of 3 case studies - Crowdsolving, Freemium and Collaborative Production. Invited panellists included practitioners and entrepreneurs from platforms and/or start-ups, experts

8 Sep 2015

Feedback from the Future Leaders

Three months after the workshop we went back to the Future Leaders and asked them how they evaluated the experience. Here are some of the answers we got: Did you learn anything new, surprising? Shakira Choonara: The way the workshop was structured stimulated critical thought and innovation. When preparing for the Development Days, I have to admit when considering ‘resilience’, agriculture was the furthest thought on my mind. Being in a group linking health, climate-change

20 Jul 2015

The world of Labs – LabWorks 2015

The EU Policy Lab attended the 4th LabWorks Global Lab Gathering and the Practitioner Workshop on Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July. Both events were hosted by Nesta - the UK’s innovation foundation - in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies and with the support of its GovLab, MindLab and MaRS Solutions Lab. It was a great occasion to share experiences and build future collaboration with other public and social innovation labs, units, offices and teams