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 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

eCitizen charter - MediaLab Prado19 Jul 2017

Citizen engagement, a design challenge?

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

24 Nov 2016

Future of textile and clothing industry: impacts of the vision 2025

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

5 Oct 2016

Innovating Policy: Transdisciplinary Practice and the Politics of Co-Construction in Policy Labs

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

Regio KnowShare User map22 Jun 2016

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

31 Mar 2016

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"

8 Sep 2015

Feedback from the Future Leaders

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