14 Apr 2020

Call for applicants: DLT4EU looking for DLT/Blockchain developers to solve challenges in the public and social sectors

In the beginning of this year the DLT4EU Accelerator kicked-off, which we co-design and support in the #DLT4Good project. Now the call for applications is open! The DLT4EU Accelerator aims to promote the development of projects that use Blockchain or other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) to solve challenges in the public and social sectors.   The call for applicants to the Accelerator programme, which is open between 14th April and 6th May, is targeted towards

10 Mar 2020

#DLT4Good and the kickoff of the #DLT4EU Accelerator of DLTs for Social and Public Good

A core part of our #DLT4Good project is to co-design and support an Accelerator programme to stimulate the creation and advancement of promising DLT applications for social and public good; We’re happy to announce that the #DLT4EU Accelerator has kicked-off! As the winning consortium of a Call for proposals launched last year, Metabolic (NL), Digital Catapult (UK) and Ideas for Change (ES) have started #DLT4EU early this year to support and connect European organisations working

27 Feb 2020

Customs in the EU 2040: from Vision to Action

This blog post summarises our activities during the fifth workshop of the foresight project The Future of Customs in the EU 2040, which took place on the 6th and 7th February 2020, in Brussels. This workshop represented the last step of the foresight process, the moment when we engaged high-level representatives from all EU customs administrations to embrace the vision created previously and to start the collective reflection on what this vision could mean in

#DLT4Good Mapping European European Ecosystem of Blockchains and DLTs for Social and Public Good16 Jan 2020

#DLT4Good: Mapping the European Ecosystem of Blockchains and DLTs for Social and Public Good

As part of our #DLT4good project, we are mapping Blockchain and other DLT projects / applications that operate or generate impact in social and / or public sectors. Our goal is to build a review of activities, use cases, organisations, networks and more, to inform and support European innovation and policy frameworks. We invite you to share information about projects / applications in this space.

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

13 Dec 2019

Exploring future power relations between citizens and government: FuturGov game

In the past three months, several FuturGov game sessions have been organised. FuturGov game uses people’s anticipatory assumptions about what the future may look like to generate conversations, negotiations and collaborations. By designing a process through which participants immerse themselves into the future, take on roles that are not theirs, and strategize to achieve their goals, the FuturGov game generates a participatory setting in which a debate can take place. The game has been developed

5 Dec 2019

The journey for the future of customs in the EU: from scenarios to vision building

Some say that the journey is more important than the destination. Literature promotes characters whose strengths develop along the journey, through the trials and lessons experienced. Foresight is not much different. In any foresight exercise, the quality of the results is mostly due to one community of thinkers, who accept the challenge, co-create the landscapes, own the process and evolve together during the entire journey. The foresight project on the Future of Customs in the

27 Nov 2019

Policymakers at different levels of governance using the Megatrends Engagement Tool

How may global megatrends affect the future of your city/region? By focusing on different policy areas, policymakers and experts from cities and regions explored that through our Megatrends Engagement Tool at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.  Maciej Krzysztofowicz from the EU Policy Lab giving instructions for the Megatrends Engagement Tool. Photo: European Week of Regions and Cities The Megatrends Engagement tool is a workshop tool on anticipatory thinking and foresight for policymakers

18 Nov 2019

Experiencing possible customs futures before taking the plunge

The top rungs of customs administrations across the EU explore future scenarios at the Helsinki High Level Seminar on Strategic Foresight and the Future of the Customs Union. Photo: Finnish Customs How could different futures affect me? Have you ever wondered? The Scenario Exploration System (SES) was designed to help you do just that. It puts you on the spot and challenges you to dive into alternative future scenarios. This is what a group of

15 Nov 2019

A Serious Game with a Useful Purpose: Scenario Exploration System (repost The Energy Transition CommUnity)

Article reposted from The Energy Transition CommUnity website, with the approval of authors Nayeli Gallardo and Marco Costa. Policy is complex and sometimes polarizing. Games are fun and sometimes insightful. Could a serious game make policy matters easier to understand and more engaging? It is definitely worth a try.  The Energy Policy Programme of the CommUnity by InnoEnergy organized a two-day training on a serious game called the Scenario Exploration System (SES) together with the EU Policy