2 Jul 2019

How do we build scenarios in a foresight exercise?

The example of the project Future of Customs in the EU 2040 This article describes the process of building scenarios in a foresight exercise and the role of scenarios in a world of uncertainties, going through continuous transformation. The process was undertaken during the second workshop of the foresight project The Future of Customs in the EU 2040, which took place on24th – 25th June 2019 in Brussels. This second workshop (out of five) was

17 Jun 2019

Megatrends engagement tool increasingly used in the European Commission and beyond

How do global megatrends impact on the future of your policy issue or your work? This is the question around which the reflections centre when people use the megatrends engagement tool developed by the EU Policy Lab. It has recently been applied in different settings to foster the capacity for forward-looking and systemic thinking by using a set of megatrends based on the Megatrends Hub. The Megatrends Hub is a repository of foresight-related information on

11 Jun 2019

“Framing the System and identifying Drivers” in a foresight exercise – what does this really mean?

On May 13 and 14, 2019, the Competence Centre on Foresight inside the EU Policy Lab organized the first expert workshop of The Future of Customs in the EU 2040 project, running on behalf of the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) of the European Commission. This was the first one in a series of workshops where we will build future scenarios for how customs could develop by 2040. The purpose of

29 Mar 2019

The Future of Customs in the EU project: using the canvas method for visual reasoning

On February 14, 2019, the EU Policy Lab organized the first scoping workshop as part of the project The Future of EU Customs. This project is run by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre - the Commission's science and knowledge service - for and in partnership with the Commission's Directorate General for taxation and customs (DG TAXUD). The main objective of this workshop was to create a common understanding of the EU customs ecosystem –

4 Feb 2019

REGISTRATION & PROGRAM: The Future of Government 2030+ final event

We are happy to share with you the results of our project The Future of Government 2030+. A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models during the final event that will take place on 6 March 2019 at  the European Parliament and the European Commission (Berlaymont) in Brussels. The event will be hosted by MEPs Brando Benifei (S&D), Ivan Jakovcic (ALDE) and Franc Bogovic (EPP). Morning sessions will be webstreamed at: http://web-events.streamovations.be/index.php/event/stream/future-of-government-2030 Please register and

31 Jan 2019

And the #futurgov design competition winners are…

Dear blog readers, before the winter break we launched a "policy design ideation challenge" to award the most commented design projects featuring governments in 2030 and after. The prototypes were created by students from six design schools in Europe. We want to emphasize that the value of this exercise lies in the ideas proposed and the discussion generated, not in the rankings. This being said, we are happy to announce the students/prototypes who received the most comments

4 Dec 2018

Future of Government 2030+: get involved in the competition!

The Future of Government 2030+ is one of the ongoing EU Policy Lab projects, that uses a combination of foresight, design and citizen engagement methods. Because the role and form of government are changing, the project aims to identify requirements for future governments, explore how they might look like in the future and how their relations with citizens might evolve.   In this context, six European design schools were invited to take part in the

15 Nov 2018

Internet users know the cyber risk, but they need to be told what to do!

To encourage secure online behaviour, warning messages that tell users what they can do to protect themselves are more effective than warning messages that raise fear about the risks of unsecured behaviour. These were the conclusions of a paper recently published by our colleagues from Behavioural Insights, René van Bavel and Nuria Rodríguez-Priego. The relevance of this paper is that too many campaigns use warning messages that raise fear, and not enough focus on telling

31 Oct 2018

Future of Government 2030+ prototypes at London Design festival

We were very happy to learn that the prototypes produced by the students from the University of the Arts London, for the Future of Government 2030+ project, were presented during this year's London Design Festival. Our prototypes were part of the Service Design exhibition, which showed how students and staff can push the boundaries of service design to address challenges in a variety of contexts and at different scales. In particular, the Future of Government

30 Oct 2018

The power of network interventions in changing preadolescents’ behaviour

Have you ever wondered how to incentivize your family or a friend to change his/her own behaviour? Rewarding him/her directly with an individual prize is always a good incentive? For instance, will your child exercise more because you give him an "individual" prize or it could be probably more productive to give a prize to his/her best friends instead? This second type of incentive, the "social rewards", is based on the idea that your offspring's