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

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 –