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

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

4 Feb 2019

REGISTRATION & PROGRAM: The Future of Government 2030+ final event

We are happy to share with you the results of our project The Future of Government 2030+. A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models during the final event that will take place on 6 March 2019 at  the European Parliament and the European Commission (Berlaymont) in Brussels. The event will be hosted by MEPs Brando Benifei (S&D), Ivan Jakovcic (ALDE) and Franc Bogovic (EPP). Morning sessions will be webstreamed at: http://web-events.streamovations.be/index.php/event/stream/future-of-government-2030 Please register and

4 Dec 2018

Future of Government 2030+: get involved in the competition!

The Future of Government 2030+ is one of the ongoing EU Policy Lab projects, that uses a combination of foresight, design and citizen engagement methods. Because the role and form of government are changing, the project aims to identify requirements for future governments, explore how they might look like in the future and how their relations with citizens might evolve.   In this context, six European design schools were invited to take part in the

20 Jul 2018

RapidFutureGovernmentPrototyping

Speculating about the Future of Government 2030+ In the course of the FTA2018 conference, about 25 people gathered to ideate about future forms and processes of decision making. International foresight and design experts met with public servants from the European Commission that are working on public administration innovation. This interesting group was provoked by two future persona stories from the Future of Government 2030+ project that were build up in a series of citizen dialogues

28 May 2018

FuturGov meets WITI Innovation Lab project in Speyer

At the WITI kick-off symposium, Eckhard Stoermer hosted a foresight and design thinking workshop on the future of government, to disseminate the dialogue about possible future transformation of the relationship between citizens and government until 2030+. The project Knowledge and Ideas Transfer for Innovation in Public Administration (Wissens- und Ideentransfer für Innovation in der Verwaltung / WITI) held its kick-off symposium on 17th May in Speyer. WITI wants to build a policy lab at the

13 Apr 2018

How to design the future of government?

EU Policy Lab collaborates with six top design schools How might the relationships between citizens and government transform by 2030 and beyond? What does this mean for the role, structure and tasks of the government? The Future of Government 2030+ project ran citizen workshops to discuss future expectations of citizens and their relationship to the government. To enable creative speculations and out of the box thinking on possible alternative models of government, the EU Policy

13 Apr 2018

Citizens Discuss the Future of Government in Cork, Ireland

Cork County Council's Service Design team "Service rePublic" led by Julianne Coughlan invited 20 citizens to discuss the future of government, forms of participation and public service delivery on 26th of February, 2018, in the framework of the Future of Government citizen workshop. Participants were citizens active in public participation networks, representatives of citizen organizations, as well as less politically engaged citizens; and they were between 15 and 85 years old! Julianne Coughlan opened the