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

12 Nov 2019

Exploratory workshop – Future trends and farmers in 2040

On the 18th & 19th of June a 2-day workshop took place, initiating the exploration of the Farmers of the Future. The purpose of the participatory workshop was to discuss future trends and their impacts towards 2040 regarding farmers’ professional and social roles. The workshop gathered about 50 European experts and stakeholders from the agricultural sector, in particular farmers, as well as from industry, academia, civil society and the European Commission to bring a broad

11 Oct 2019

How do we engage with the future? In other words, what can we do with scenarios?

This blog is about scenarios and how they can be used to help people engage with the future, in this case the future of customs in the EU 2040. It is also about continuing to describe a highly participative and inclusive foresight process, which evolves from one workshop to another and which tries to find ways to make foresight practical for all customs stakeholders. This blog does not describe all the insights captured during our

2 Jul 2019

How do we build scenarios in a foresight exercise?

The example of the project Future of Customs in the EU 2040 This article describes the process of building scenarios in a foresight exercise and the role of scenarios in a world of uncertainties, going through continuous transformation. The process was undertaken during the second workshop of the foresight project The Future of Customs in the EU 2040, which took place on24th – 25th June 2019 in Brussels. This second workshop (out of five) was

17 Jun 2019

Megatrends engagement tool increasingly used in the European Commission and beyond

How do global megatrends impact on the future of your policy issue or your work? This is the question around which the reflections centre when people use the megatrends engagement tool developed by the EU Policy Lab. It has recently been applied in different settings to foster the capacity for forward-looking and systemic thinking by using a set of megatrends based on the Megatrends Hub. The Megatrends Hub is a repository of foresight-related information on

11 Jun 2019

“Framing the System and identifying Drivers” in a foresight exercise – what does this really mean?

On May 13 and 14, 2019, the Competence Centre on Foresight inside the EU Policy Lab organized the first expert workshop of The Future of Customs in the EU 2040 project, running on behalf of the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) of the European Commission. This was the first one in a series of workshops where we will build future scenarios for how customs could develop by 2040. The purpose of

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 –

22 Feb 2019

The final report on the Future of migration in the European Union is published

What are the relative certainties and uncertainties likely to impact the future of migration in the European Union? What could be possible future developments of migration and integration dynamics in the EU when looking towards 2030? And how can we discuss migration challenges and opportunities in a more forward-looking manner that takes into account perspectives of different migration actors and trends that will impact our societies? The final report of the EU Policy Lab foresight

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

4 Sep 2018

Megatrends workshop with East Poland House

In our foresight work, we use megatrends (long-term driving forces that are observable now and will most likely have significant influence on the future) to consider in a structured way all the various changes going on in different areas. Our basis is a set of 14 global megatrends that are relevant for the future of Europe, organized in the Megatrends Hub. It is also a great way of introducing a structured way of thinking about