What kind of future would you like to live in?

On Saturday, 24 June, 2017, from 13:00–17:30, our project Futures of Europe held its second workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the soon-to-be-opened Litteraturhuset ved Vandkunsten.

Read the project’s individual workshop recap here and stay in touch with the project via Facebook! 

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FutureLab Europe members Louise Roesen Abildgaard, Simon Höher and Moritz Borchardt invited locals, friends and students to picture a positive future of Copenhagen and different concrete aspects of European countries – countering the doomsayers of our present.

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To kick off the session and spark their imagination, participants asked themselves: what kind of Europe do we want to live in? What do we dream about when we think about the day after tomorrow?

Participants identified nine elements of what Europe means to them:

  • Media, populism, and information
  • Cultural Diversity, from solidarity to Us vs. Them
  • Political Institutions, transparency, and trust
  • Economic integration and business opportunities
  • Free travel and movement
  • Forgetting and remembering a shared history
  • Security, conflicts, and terror
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Collaborative projects and European undertakings, from Eurovision to the European Space Agency

The project leaders then decided to focus on the following three questions:

  1. How can Europe play a role in preserving the environment?
  2. How could we use economic integration to increase solidarity in Europe?
  3. How might we remember and learn from the terrible capacities of humankind?

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Simon, Moritz and Louise then picked up the methodology used in the first workshop in Cologne to guide participants in coming up with desirable projects and solutions. Building on the steps Ideation, Exploration and Prototyping, they used Forecasting and Design Thinking methodology. The workshop finished on a creative note, with the group crafting “Good News from the Future”-headlines from the year 2047.

The workshop in Copenhagen is the second of two workshops that Futures of Europe is organising. This Danish edition was preceded by a workshop in Cologne, Germany on 22 April 2017.

Graphic support for this project is kindly provided by florida creative lab.

Do you have questions or comments on the event?

Contact Louise at  louise.abildgaard@gmail.com or leave the group a message at futuresofeurope@gmail.com!


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.