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

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

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

#FuturGov Design Concept – The Maverick Programme

Erasmus 3 - The Maverick Programme Davide Minighin, Davide Susca, Gianvito Fanelli, Alessandra Bari, Elena Panciroli, Sara Gabbioni (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) Using youth exchange programs to develop knowledge on policy systems This program engages youngsters into the civic and governmental decision-making processes of countries/cities where they are hosted for a residency period. It is a   similar to Eramus, but focused on policy-making. The aim is to help young people develop knowledge about different

#FuturGov Design Concept – Citizen Voices

Citizens Voices Himanshu Rohilla, Interaction Design (Malmö University, Sweden) Home voice assistants acting as touch points for citizens to interact with their governments Home voice assistants are used on the local level to enable a higher participatory form of democracy. These assistants in the future will act as touch points for citizens to interact with their government. The role of government would be that of a service provider, ensuring implementation of policies and running the

#FuturGov Design Concept – Sherlock

Sherlock - Citizen Decision-making Amber Ruske, Chenyu Hou, Poorume Yoo, Wenxiu Yang, Yuneui Choi (University of the Arts London, UK) Providing better decision making and public service delivery through the use of a mobile app and AI Sherlock is a platform that people can access to submit opinions they have on the policy proposals. The purpose of platform is to provide better decision making and public service delivery to citizens, while promoting open democracy. It

#FuturGov Design Concept – Mayor Bot

Mayor Bot Erika Cortese, Giulia Mangolini, Chiara Piva, Simone Piuri, Giovanni Roccabianca (Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy) Bringing new forms of evidence on policy issues via an AI digital agent The Mayor Bot is an artificial digital agent based on big and open data. It can influence the decision-making process and suggest possible alternatives scenarios making the visualization and usage of data more natural for policymakers. The Mayor Bot becomes a data-driven voice capable of

#FuturGov Design Concept – Citizen as Policy Influencer

Citizen as Policy Influencer Clara Llamas, Jessica Venø, Tracy Gordon, Tianyuan Wei (University of the Arts London, UK) Engaging citizens in policy making through local councils and open discussions We present a future scenario where citizens are an active part of local policy making. In 2030 all citizens receive an income to spend part of their time as policy makers. This was made possible in an act of government in 2020 for citizens to engage

#FuturGov Design Concept – WeActiv

WeActiv Kateryna Bielobrova, Maja Krajewska, Martyna Nawrocka (School of Form, University SWPS, Poznan, Poland) Obtaining access to public services based on daily physical exercising WeActiv is an app created to connect people via mandatory physical exercises. Everyone, in this future scenario, is obliged to do daily physical exercises in order to access medical services. As an incentive, WeActiv proposes sport activities in the user's neighborhood, gathering people in groups. This helps diversify the type of