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

Discussing the future of government in Malta

On 16 February 2018, the Department of Public Policy of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, University of Malta organized a workshop on the Future of Government with the participation of twenty citizens. The sample was intended to have different distribution and representation of age, ethnicity, gender, education, profession, and religion. The aim of the workshop was to reflect on present issues regarding governments and their relationship with citizens and envisage future. At the

3 Apr 2018

Third Workshop of #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations

On March 15 we organised the third workshop of our project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations. As #Blockchain4EU is now coming to its end, this workshop was the last in our larger series of participatory and stakeholder engagement activities. You can read about our first workshop in July here and also have a look at our second workshop in November here. Project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations is a forward looking sociotechnical exploration of existing,

Future of Government Workshop in Madrid

Today’s and tomorrow’s relation between citizens and governments On 20 January 2018, fourteen citizens (diverse in terms of age, education and socio-economic backgrounds) met at MediaLab-Prado, Madrid, to discuss and map – through Design Thinking methodologies - the changing relationships among citizens, governments, and other stakeholders. The workshop,  a part of The Future of Government 2030 project, started by mapping relations between citizens, stakeholders and governments today. Participants chose four issues of interests: 1) Youth