On the 1st of July I witnessed a conversation that re-enacted and summarized very well many contemporary online and offline debates and rants on participatory democracy and citizen engagement. It happened in the context of a very well organised workshop designed and run by Saya Sauliere with Rebeca Díez Escudero, hosted by the EU Policy Lab at MediaLab Prado in Madrid. The workshop was one of the three activities (report here) that Saya and Rebeca
The future of industry project is approaching its end as we have completed the process on the second case study on non-ferrous metals. With this study, we wanted to develop a process to engage with industry sectors in order to understand the challenges facing European manufacturers, and to develop recommendations in response (you can read more about this project in the related page). One year has already passed since the future vision 2025 for the
As part of SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit’s 50th anniversary conference, the EU Policy Lab co-organised with the University of Sussex the Dialogue Session Innovating Policy: Transdisciplinary Practice and the Politics of Co-Construction in Policy Labs. The session took place on the 9th September and saw the participation of Adrian Smith (University of Sussex), Ann Light (University of Sussex), Lucy Kimbell (University of Arts London & UK Policy Lab), Alex Oprunenco (UNDP Moldova & UNDP
Co-designing a “bottom-up” community to improve the management of European Regional Development Funds – REGIO KnowShare
In this historical period, the European Union is seen by far too many people as an aloof Institution characterized by a high degree of democratic deficit. When you face a challenge in your everyday job it is of the utmost importance to have a qualified second opinion, it makes you feel part of a community of people. In the long run, it means creating professional and personal bonds and we should not forget that experts
The digital market for local services: A one-night stand for workers? An example from the on-demand economy
A study contracted by the EU Policy Lab in the context of the project A vision for the 'sharing economy' By Willem Pieter de Groen, Ilaria Maselli and Brian Fabo from the Centre for European Policy Studies Despite growing numbers of workers who use online platforms to be "matched" with people and businesses who pay for their services, there is a lack of evidence about the scale and the employment impacts of this so called "on-demand"
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