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

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

8 Oct 2019

The EU Policy Lab participates in the 2019 Researchers’ Night in Seville

Last Friday September 27, 2019, the EU Policy Lab organised a workshop on the use of behavioural sciences for policy at the Researchers’ Night in Seville (Spain). This event aimed at exposing citizens to science in an informal and fun format. In our 45-minute workshop, we tried to convince citizens that the application of behavioural sciences to policy help them make more sustainable consumption choices. We kicked off the presentation with the classical experiment on

24 Jul 2019

FuturGov workshop – which implications for policies and public administration?

On 2 July, the EU Policy Lab organized a workshop, as a part of The Future of Government 2030+: A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models project. The participatory workshop built on and complemented the already gathered knowledge from the FuturGov project. The goal of the workshop was to provide an in-depth analysis of some of the project implications for policies and public administration and identify possible policy priorities and fields of intervention.

19 Jul 2019

Working towards the Global Compact on Migration: What role for agricultural policies?

The global compact on migration was adopted on 11 December 2018 at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco by 164 UN Member States On 4 July 2019, the Baha’i International Community and the EU Policy Lab of the Joint Research Center, which is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service providing advice and support to EU policy, hosted a discussion among experts from the European Commission’s agriculture, development and trade departments, academia and civil society

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

EIC Horizon Prize 'Blockchains for Social Good'12 Jun 2019

EIC Horizon Prize ‘Blockchain for Social Good’ – 5 EUR Millions

Our Call for Proposals in the #DLT4Good Pilot Project is now over. But the EU Policy Lab is also supporting the EIC Horizon Prize #EICHorizonPrize 'Blockchain for Social Good'. the European Commission will award 5 prizes of EUR 1 million each to innovators that use Blockchain technology to develop decentralized, scalable, efficient and high-impact solutions to bring positive social change.