18. September 2013
On rare sunny Saturday in May, 20-odd people met in Brussels at the King Boudewijn Foundation. The topic of the meeting was ‘Society in 2030′, and the group assembled were asked to draw from their rich personal and professional experiences to cast a light on the future of our increasingly complex world. This was a scenario exercise – the second I am participating in in less than a year – and it appears to be the tool en vogue in policy maker’s attempts to capture the needs of the undefined 21st century Earthlings.
18. September 2013
From 7-9 July, I took part in a scenario-based workshop organised by NECE (Networking European Citizenship Education) and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, part of the alliance behind FutureLab Europe. The aim of the workshop was to envision different models of society that might prevail in Europe and their corresponding tailored structures of citizenship education. The novelty of the event consisted of the use of the “scenario methodology”, a structured method to collectively imagine possible futures based on current relevant trends. Future is uncertain and different outcomes are possible.
09. September 2013
by Doru Toma
For the last eight days, Bucharest’s University Square has been the new Syntagma or Taksim Square of the region. Since September 1st, thousands of people have gathered in the center of Bucharest each evening to protest against a law concerning the mining project in Roşia Montana, drafted by the Government and sent to the Parliament for approval.
29. August 2013
by Kati Temonen
Year 2008 marked one of the most defining moments of my life: I entered university for the first time. For many of the new university graduates it was also a year to be remembered: as we all know, it was the early crisis months, which meant hard work to enter the job markets. I guess it wasn’t considerate to say it out loud back then but the crisis didn’t really concern me much at all: in fact, I was just happy to notice that the pound was getting weaker against the euro, which meant some extra gains in my tight student budget.
09. August 2013
Some weeks ago I followed a series of conferences on the topic of Brand Spain (‘Marca España’) which raised some ideas I’d like to share. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a government initiative aiming to improve the image of the country both at home and abroad. Following the example of countries that already have a consolidated country-brand (e.g. we associate German products with safety, French ones with luxury or Italian ones with design), Spain wants to find its own. Regardless of the clear economic objective of this initiative (to restore trust and to attract investors), I consider this to be something very positive: it is meant to improve Spain’s image abroad, but also at home, restore confidencein the country (and not necessarily in the Government). Which raises the question?: is the EU also in need of a brand?