2 Jun 2018

Industrial Landscape Generator

The Industrial Landscape Generator is a participatory method developed by the JRC on the basis of its foresight work. It has been developed on demand from services of the European Commission to produce practical recommendations for action in the context of industrial policy. It has been applied to diverse industrial sectors. The tool takes a long-term perspective (vision) and generates recommendations for all relevant stakeholders, especially policy makers and the selected industrial sectors themselves, for

1 Jun 2018

Complex System Analyzer

The Complex System Analyser is a participatory tool that was developed by the JRC together with a range of experts. Its purpose is to decompose and analyse any complex system so as identify the key leverage points on which to act if one wants to influence this system. It was developed to analyse the food chain in the context of food security. What the Complex System Analyzer provides The Complex System Analyser is a participatory

31 May 2018

Megatrends Implications Assessment

  The "Megatrends Implications Assessment" is a workshop tool on anticipatory thinking and foresight for policy makers developed by the JRC together with experts in Foresight from Future Impacts. It uses visual and facilitation techniques to structure a 360 degree review of political questions in an engaging way. What the Megatrends Implications Assessment provides The Megatrends workshop offers a short, easily accessible, very understandable, attractive workshop format on the basis of the FOR-KNOW megatrends that

30 May 2018

Scenario Exploration System (SES)

The 'Scenario Exploration System' (SES) is an award winning future simulation tool developed by the JRC together with experts in serious games from the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. It uses engagement techniques from the entertainment world to engage participants in the full richness of the systemic collective reflection created when building scenarios. What the SES provides The SES provides a platform that engages participants in future-oriented systemic thinking. It makes participants take action

21 Jul 2017

Scenario Exploration for the Circular Ocean project

On Sunday July 16 and Monday July 17, 2017, the EU Policy Lab joined the partners of the Circular Ocean project in Reykjavic to prepare and run a scenario exploration session on the issue of reusing and recycling waste fishing nets and ropes. The Circular Ocean project An estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in the oceans around the globe every year. It might seem like a small fraction of the 8-12 million

28 Jun 2017

Mobility is a serious game!

On the 22nd of June we attended the workshop "Mobility is a serious game", a one day event organised by Colruyt Group which brought about 100 people together to discuss the future of mobility. On this occasion, the organisers presented "Mobility is a serious game", an adaptation of our Scenario Exploration System tool. Following early interest in the Scenario Exploration System (SES) by the Colruyt Group, Prof. Cathy Macharis, head of the MOBI research group at

18 May 2017

Scenario Exploration System China edition 1.0

On May 16, 2017, the Scenario Exploration System (SES) was at the core of the "EU-China Collaboration and Foresight Workshop: the future of innovation in China and what it means for EU-China collaboration". This workshop was organised by the DRAGON-Star Plus project. The main objectives of the project are to support the European and Chinese research communities to establish collaborations under Horizon 2020 (the European Commission programme for research & innovation) and beyond and to

3 May 2017

Helping local communities chart a path towards their own greener future

The Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0 On March 14, the Climate KIC invited us to run a scenario exploration session in Bologna, Italy, in the frame of the project "Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0" (CMF 2.0). This project is supporting various cities in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Bologna has adopted a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to reduce CO2 emissions, as required by the Covenant of Mayors. However, its lack of

19 Feb 2017

Playing the Scenario Exploration System at the AAAS meeting

This week we the EU Policy Lab attended the AAAS meeting in Boston. The meeting has been a great opportunity to inform the participants about our activities and especially to present the serious game Scenario Exploration System (SES) to a larger audience. Thanks to the appealing look of the game board and the bright colours of the chips and cards, many participants were driven to our table, to understand what was happening and ask information about the

17 Feb 2017

EU Policy Lab at MIT

On the occasion of the AAAS, the EU Policy Lab is in Boston! Yesterday we got the chance to visit the MIT Media Lab and we organised a Scenario Exploration System (SES) session with a small group of students. Inventing a better future The MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory funded in 1985. Staff and students are doing innovative research ranging from cognition and learning, to electronic music, holography and computing. Their main focus is