15 Oct 2020

New #DLT4Good report out! Scanning the European Ecosystem of Distributed Ledger Technologies for Social and Public Good

We just launched a new report from our project #DLT4Good - Co-creating a European Ecosystem of DLTs for Social and Public Good. You can download it here. Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) are mostly known for business use cases, from cryptocurrencies to asset track and tracing. But there are numerous organisations nowadays searching for alternative ways to harness the potential of DLTs in the pursuit of public and social good, from local to global challenges, and

18 Dec 2019

Forward-looking reflection on the future of EU environmental policy and the 2050 sustainability transition

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has long been active in foresight to explore sustainable futures, and more specifically to help EU policy-makers and stakeholders build images of possible sustainable transitions. Today, these exercises become even more relevant in view of the publication of the European Green Deal by the new European Commission. One such study conducted by JRC was the 2015 foresight study “2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy”. This foresight study developed long-term

27 Mar 2019

Future of Government project: a few thoughts from the final event (new FuturGov exhibition at the end of this blog)

On 6 March 2019 we organized the final event of Future of Government 2030+ at the European Parliament and the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. The aim of the event was to launch the Future of Government report https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-research-reports/future-government-2030  and run a dialogue on the future of government, in order to raise awareness on the possible transformations of the role of policy makers and governments, as well as their shifting power relationships. The event  was

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

15 Nov 2018

Internet users know the cyber risk, but they need to be told what to do!

To encourage secure online behaviour, warning messages that tell users what they can do to protect themselves are more effective than warning messages that raise fear about the risks of unsecured behaviour. These were the conclusions of a paper recently published by our colleagues from Behavioural Insights, René van Bavel and Nuria Rodríguez-Priego. The relevance of this paper is that too many campaigns use warning messages that raise fear, and not enough focus on telling

30 Oct 2018

The power of network interventions in changing preadolescents’ behaviour

Have you ever wondered how to incentivize your family or a friend to change his/her own behaviour? Rewarding him/her directly with an individual prize is always a good incentive? For instance, will your child exercise more because you give him an "individual" prize or it could be probably more productive to give a prize to his/her best friends instead? This second type of incentive, the "social rewards", is based on the idea that your offspring's

3 Apr 2018

Understanding migration drivers and the role of policies: learning from the past and looking ahead

Migration is a hotly debated and politically charged topic at the heart of the EU's political agenda. Yet despite all the attention, it remains a surprisingly poorly understood phenomenon. In the EU Policy Lab, we have been trying to contribute to a nuanced and forward-looking discussion on the subject. We developed future migration scenarios together with a set of engagement processes to help the policy, academic and civil society communities come together and debate migration

27 Apr 2017

Non-ferrous Metals Manufacturing: Vision for 2050 and Actions Needed

Our report on the Future of non-ferrous metals (NFM) has just been published! This report comes at the end of a yearlong process during which the EU Policy Lab worked with representatives of the non-ferrous metals industry and other associations from this sector, researchers, trade unions and our EU-policy-making colleagues. First we identified the main agents of change and analysed the production and consumption system of the NFM industry to co- create a 2050 vision

23 Mar 2017

How Blockchain technology could change our lives?

The Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), has recently published an in-depth analysis on Blockchain technology. We contributed to this report, co-authored with Philip Boucher and Mihalis Kritikos from STOA. Beyond the earlier controversies around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, what has recently come to the foreground is the potential of its underlying protocol, Blockchain, in many other areas. The report provides an accessible entry point for those curious about Blockchain

9 Jan 2017

Insights from behavioural sciences to prevent and combat violence against women

Violence against women can take many forms, including gender-based physical, sexual and psychological harm. This human rights abuse occurs more often than police and criminal justice statistics suggest. Survey data shows that one in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, and roughly the same proportion (32 %) has experienced psychologically abusive behaviour by an intimate partner (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014). To prevent