27 Feb 2020

Customs in the EU 2040: from Vision to Action

This blog post summarises our activities during the fifth workshop of the foresight project The Future of Customs in the EU 2040, which took place on the 6th and 7th February 2020, in Brussels. This workshop represented the last step of the foresight process, the moment when we engaged high-level representatives from all EU customs administrations to embrace the vision created previously and to start the collective reflection on what this vision could mean in

9 Jan 2020

Exploring the links between agricultural policies, migratory movements and rural knowledge generation

The global compact on migration was adopted on 11 December 2018 at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco by 164 UN Member States On 7th November 2019, the Baha’i International Community and the EU Policy Lab of the Joint Research Centre hosted a discussion amongst experts from the EU Commission’s agriculture and development departments, academia, representatives of farmers’ organizations and civil society to consider the links between agricultural policies, rural knowledge and migration. This was

13 Dec 2019

Exploring future power relations between citizens and government: FuturGov game

In the past three months, several FuturGov game sessions have been organised. FuturGov game uses people’s anticipatory assumptions about what the future may look like to generate conversations, negotiations and collaborations. By designing a process through which participants immerse themselves into the future, take on roles that are not theirs, and strategize to achieve their goals, the FuturGov game generates a participatory setting in which a debate can take place. The game has been developed

5 Dec 2019

The journey for the future of customs in the EU: from scenarios to vision building

Some say that the journey is more important than the destination. Literature promotes characters whose strengths develop along the journey, through the trials and lessons experienced. Foresight is not much different. In any foresight exercise, the quality of the results is mostly due to one community of thinkers, who accept the challenge, co-create the landscapes, own the process and evolve together during the entire journey. The foresight project on the Future of Customs in the

27 Nov 2019

Policymakers at different levels of governance using the Megatrends Engagement Tool

How may global megatrends affect the future of your city/region? By focusing on different policy areas, policymakers and experts from cities and regions explored that through our Megatrends Engagement Tool at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.  Maciej Krzysztofowicz from the EU Policy Lab giving instructions for the Megatrends Engagement Tool. Photo: European Week of Regions and Cities The Megatrends Engagement tool is a workshop tool on anticipatory thinking and foresight for policymakers

18 Nov 2019

Experiencing possible customs futures before taking the plunge

The top rungs of customs administrations across the EU explore future scenarios at the Helsinki High Level Seminar on Strategic Foresight and the Future of the Customs Union. Photo: Finnish Customs How could different futures affect me? Have you ever wondered? The Scenario Exploration System (SES) was designed to help you do just that. It puts you on the spot and challenges you to dive into alternative future scenarios. This is what a group of

12 Nov 2019

Exploratory workshop – Future trends and farmers in 2040

On the 18th & 19th of June a 2-day workshop took place, initiating the exploration of the Farmers of the Future. The purpose of the participatory workshop was to discuss future trends and their impacts towards 2040 regarding farmers’ professional and social roles. The workshop gathered about 50 European experts and stakeholders from the agricultural sector, in particular farmers, as well as from industry, academia, civil society and the European Commission to bring a broad

11 Oct 2019

How do we engage with the future? In other words, what can we do with scenarios?

This blog is about scenarios and how they can be used to help people engage with the future, in this case the future of customs in the EU 2040. It is also about continuing to describe a highly participative and inclusive foresight process, which evolves from one workshop to another and which tries to find ways to make foresight practical for all customs stakeholders. This blog does not describe all the insights captured during our

24 Jul 2019

FuturGov workshop – which implications for policies and public administration?

On 2 July, the EU Policy Lab organized a workshop, as a part of The Future of Government 2030+: A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models project. The participatory workshop built on and complemented the already gathered knowledge from the FuturGov project. The goal of the workshop was to provide an in-depth analysis of some of the project implications for policies and public administration and identify possible policy priorities and fields of intervention.

19 Jul 2019

Working towards the Global Compact on Migration: What role for agricultural policies?

The global compact on migration was adopted on 11 December 2018 at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco by 164 UN Member States On 4 July 2019, the Baha’i International Community and the EU Policy Lab of the Joint Research Center, which is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service providing advice and support to EU policy, hosted a discussion among experts from the European Commission’s agriculture, development and trade departments, academia and civil society