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

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

10 Sep 2018

Migration version of the Scenario Exploration System increasingly used with migration officials, researchers and civil society

Dissemination of the migration version of the Scenario Exploration System (SES) serious game is gaining pace. This summer, the EU Policy Lab was invited to facilitate game sessions and train "scenario exploration masters" at two bigger events. Altogether, over 100 participants experienced the game. In August, we took part in the 6th EMN Educational Seminar on Migration: Causes and Consequences of Forced Migration (22 - 24 August 2018) organised by the UN Migration Agency, International Organisation for

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

View of Schuman Room, Berlaymont Building, with the event taking place.8 Jun 2018

Final Event of #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations

On May 24 we organised the final event of #Blockchain4EU at the Berlaymont, European Commission headquarters in Brussels. We gathered high level EU policy makers such as the Director-General of the Joint Research Center (JRC), Vladimir Šucha, and several stakeholders already engaged with, potentially interested in, or working in sectors that may be impacted by Blockchain and other DLTs. It was an opportunity to present the project's main outputs, with the launch of our Final

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

7 May 2018

#Blockchain4EU – Final Event Registration + Agenda NOW ONLINE!

  The Final Event of #Blockchain4EU will take place on May 24 2018 at the European Commission headquarters, Berlaymont Building (Schuman Room) in Brussels. This event will gather policy makers, Blockchain stakeholders and others interested in the development or uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. Livestream of the event will be available through the Joint Research Centre's EU Science Hub webpage. Registration is mandatory to enter the Berlaymont building. Furthermore, there

25 Apr 2018

SAVE THE DATE! Final Event of #Blockchain4EU – May 24 2018, Brussels

The final event of the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations will take place on May 24 2018 at the Berlaymont (Schuman Room), Brussels. We will gather Blockchain communities and other stakeholders interested in the development or uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), counting also with the presence of high level policymakers as Lowri Evans, DG GROW’s Director-General, and Vladimir Šucha, DG JRC’s Director-General. Throughout a full-day with multiple sessions, our main

7 Feb 2018

Ian Goldin inaugurates the JRC Megatrends Series

By Sara Giovannini and Fabiana Scapolo On January 29th the JRC hosted the first event in the framework of the JRC Megatrends Series. Through a series of lectures, we aim at improving the understanding of Megatrends - long-term driving forces that are observable now and might have significant influence on the future, and their interactions. The EU Policy Lab has been intensively working on Megatrends in the framework of its foresight activities. Over the last

15 Jan 2018

Discussing the future of government with a group of Polish citizens

As a part of dialogue on today’s and future needs of the governments and on the alternative forms of government (Future of government 2030+ project), the EU Policy Lab – in collaboration with Policy labs from 6 different countries, is organising workshops with citizens to understand their needs and relationship with the government today and in the future. The first citizen workshop took place on December 10th, in Warsaw (Poland). It was run by Engage