The Future of Government 2030+
A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models
The project at a glance
Contemporary society is rapidly changing. Social and technological changes are deeply affecting European citizens and re-shaping their interactions with businesses and governments, and with one another. These developments are influencing power relations in society and might lead to new forms of democracy and governance. The role and form of government might change as well. Identifying requirements for future governments allows us to rethink their structures and processes and explore what they might look like in the future.
The overall aim of the project is to better understand these changing relationships and to stimulate discussion about them. New actors and responsibilities are emerging. With the shift of power relationships and new forms of interactions, the need for trust and accountability of governments is becoming ever more important. The project does not take its perspective from inside government, but puts people at the centre with their hopes and fears about the future. Based on the diversity of expectations and uncertainties about how things will develop, we can envisage several alternative pictures of the future. Together, these scenarios and a set of design concepts that bring them to life offer a starting point for discussing the positive and negative implications of these changes.
The Future of Government 2030+: A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Governance Models is a project carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT). It runs from October 2017 until early 2019.
Who was involved and how did we get there?
The project uses a novel approach by combining creative design and foresight with stakeholder and citizen engagement techniques such as participatory workshops, engagement sessions, ideation and prototyping processes and online debates. Through this methodological approach and with the support of policy labs View Map and six European design schools (“d-schools”) View map, we stimulated debate with about 130 citizens in Austria, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK and about 25 representatives of businesses, civil society organizations as well as over 100 design students. In the engagement phase we are launching a discussion with students, civil society organisations, think tanks, foresight experts, civil servants, and others around possible, plausible and desirable future government models and strategic implications for today.
Alternative futures of Europe in 2030 +
The Future of Government scenarios were developed through a bottom-up process on the basis of open dialogue workshops in Europe with about 130 citizens and 25 civil society and think tank representatives. The Joint Research Centre then reviewed these discussions and synthesised them into four scenarios. Together they highlight some of the key uncertainties about the relationships between citizens, governments and business and explore, through the eyes of European citizens, how government will look in the future. The four scenarios are:
More than 100 students and staff from six European design schools were involved in exploring and developing concepts about how government might work, in response to the JRC scenarios . Depending on the school, a range of students, staff and external partners were involved including BA, MA and PhD design students. Often these design concepts focus on specific interactions involving citizens, businesses and government. Below you will find a selection of concepts, out of over 40 initially received. Realised in different media, these concepts bring to life some of the implications and risks of possible future developments.
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Your feedback will help determine which d-school concept will be presented in Brussels and provide input to the final report. The five concepts of the best quality and with the highest number of comments will be selected as the winners of the challenge by the Joint Research Centre EU Policy Lab. The representatives of the winning teams will be invited to a high-level event on the Future of Government in Brussels in the European Parliament in early 2019 where they will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with panellists.
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The diversity and the richness of concepts presented, illustrate the enthusiastic commitment and inspirational guidance of lecturers and professors with whom we collaborated:
- Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering: Arianna Mazzeo, Ignacio Ezcurra Azpurgua
- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art: Sabine Junginger
- Malmo University, Collaborative Future Making: Per Anders Hillgren
- Poli.Design, Politechnico di Milano: Stefano Maffei, Beatrice Villari, Massimo Bianchi – Poli.Design FuturGov website with further concepts from the course
- SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Poznan: Monika Rosinska
- University of the Arts London, Public Collaboration Lab: Lara Salinas
The engagement tool will be shown soon – we will keep you posted