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

4 Sep 2018

Megatrends workshop with East Poland House

In our foresight work, we use megatrends (long-term driving forces that are observable now and will most likely have significant influence on the future) to consider in a structured way all the various changes going on in different areas. Our basis is a set of 14 global megatrends that are relevant for the future of Europe, organized in the Megatrends Hub. It is also a great way of introducing a structured way of thinking about

4 Sep 2018

Policy conception – issue mapping with Eurostat and EU Member States

In the first half of this year, we have been working with the Eurostat unit responsible for agriculture and fisheries statistics. They are setting up a system of statistics on agricultural input and output (SAIO), together with Member States' statistical services. Our role was to help develop a format for the discussions of Directors of Agricultural Statistics from across the EU at their annual meeting, so that they would be in a position to give

20 Jul 2018

RapidFutureGovernmentPrototyping

Speculating about the Future of Government 2030+ In the course of the FTA2018 conference, about 25 people gathered to ideate about future forms and processes of decision making. International foresight and design experts met with public servants from the European Commission that are working on public administration innovation. This interesting group was provoked by two future persona stories from the Future of Government 2030+ project that were build up in a series of citizen dialogues

12 Jul 2018

Integration in the context of diversity: discussing new developments and future challenges

The high inflow of refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015 and 2016 put a renewed policy focus on integration, and it also revived the question "integration into what?" considering growing diversity in European societies. What are new developments and emerging issues related to integration and diversity and what will be upcoming challenges in the mid-term future? Representatives from local and regional authorities, civil society, the European Commission and researchers gathered in an expert session

14 Jun 2018

Support to policy conception – platform to business relations

Throughout 2017 the EU Policy Lab provided support to the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)  in the analytical work that led to preparing a policy proposal on improving business relationships between online platforms (such as e-commerce or app stores, social media) and those who offer products and services through them (i.e. platforms' business users). As the research and development work

28 May 2018

FuturGov meets WITI Innovation Lab project in Speyer

At the WITI kick-off symposium, Eckhard Stoermer hosted a foresight and design thinking workshop on the future of government, to disseminate the dialogue about possible future transformation of the relationship between citizens and government until 2030+. The project Knowledge and Ideas Transfer for Innovation in Public Administration (Wissens- und Ideentransfer für Innovation in der Verwaltung / WITI) held its kick-off symposium on 17th May in Speyer. WITI wants to build a policy lab at the

13 Apr 2018

Citizen dialogues on the future of government

From November 2017 to March 2018 the EU Policy Lab ran a series of highly relevant and timely discussions on the role of government today and in the future from a citizen perspective. Together with partner policy labs and universities in six Member States - Austria, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Spain and Sweden – and through an additional workshop with European civil society organizations and think tanks in Brussels, we were able to launch a dialogue

13 Apr 2018

Citizens Discuss the Future of Government in Cork, Ireland

Cork County Council's Service Design team "Service rePublic" led by Julianne Coughlan invited 20 citizens to discuss the future of government, forms of participation and public service delivery on 26th of February, 2018, in the framework of the Future of Government citizen workshop. Participants were citizens active in public participation networks, representatives of citizen organizations, as well as less politically engaged citizens; and they were between 15 and 85 years old! Julianne Coughlan opened the

12 Apr 2018

Citizen Dialogue on the Future of Government in Austria 2035

On 12th  March 2018, GovLab Austria  and the EU Policy Lab discussed possible future relationships between the citizen and the government. This citizen dialogue was set up in the context of the GovLab Austria project "Austria 2035 – the state and I" and the EU Policy Lab project "The future of government 2030+". The participants were a very interesting mix of civil servants from various agencies and different positions, representatives of companies, lectures and IT