What kind of future would you like to live in?

On Saturday, 22 April, 2017 (from 14:00 to 17:30), our project “Futures of Europe” will organise a workshop in Cologne, Germany, gathering around 20 citizens at “die wohngemeinschaft” to discuss how their future could look like.

The participants, coming from different parts of the city and having diverse cultural backgrounds, will discuss possible future developments in their city looking at it 30 years from now. They will also debate how the European environment that Cologne is embedded in could influence such developments.

eventThe workshop, in collaboration with FORRRESTGlobal Public Policy Watch and the support of florida creative lab,  will be composed of three parts – Ideation, Exploration and Prototyping – and use state-of-the-art methodology to produce concrete outputs with the help of a trained facilitator.

Do you want to participate?

Sign up to the event on Facebook or contact Simon at hi@simonhoeher.com!

Structure of the Workshop

The first part will involve “Ideation” – a technique to spark initial conversation and ideas – and address the following questions:

  • “How do you want your local community to look like 30 years from now?”
  • “How do you want your community to be organised 30 years from now?”
  • “How do you want your region or country to look like in the future?”
  • “What do you want the European Union to stand for in the future?”

After the first round, the second part, “Exploration”, will kick off. FutureLab Europe members and workshop organisers Simon Höher, Moritz Borchardt and Louise Abildgaard will ask participants to refine their assumptions and confront them with additional input and research on trends and developments that will likely shape the future.

This way, the participants will identify the main themes and ideas on which to build concrete proposals in part three.

During the third and final part, “Prototyping”, participants will be given the time and space to “prototype” their  ideas, using creative ways to make them tangible. This can include, but is not limited to, writing  a short story, sketching a comic, preparing a short role play, or building little artefacts with LEGO.

The workshop in Cologne will be the first of two workshops that Futures of Europe is organising. This German edition will be complemented by a workshop taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 9 June.

Do you have questions or comments on the project?

Contact Simon at hi@simonhoeher.com or on Twitter @jimmiehu or leave us a message on the FutureLab Europe-Facebookpage!


This event is part of FutureLab Europe’s Futures of Europe project.

About Futures of Europe

group 1Futures of Europe aims to foster a European community spirit and democratic participation, by bringing together local citizens in two urban workshops in Cologne and Copenhagen to develop new visions for the future of Europe. In preparation for the project, an online platform will be set up to reach a wider audience, share the workshops’ results and enable participation on a European level through an open call for articles. …read more.